Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Josh Freeman is joining the New York Giants

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: April 16, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Josh Freeman, whose tenure as the Vikings’ starting quarterback last season lasted 60 disastrous minutes, will join the New York Giants, according to his agent, Erik Burkhardt.

The Vikings signed Freeman last October after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made him their first-round pick in 2009. The Vikings were juggling quarterbacks, having already given starts to Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, when they made the surprising signing.

After a blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, Freeman got the call a week later against the New York Giants, a game that was played on "Monday Night Football." Freeman, who was still learning the playbook, was overmatched from the start. He completed just 20 of his 53 attempts for 190 yards -- that's 3.6 yards per attempt -- with one interception. The only points the Vikings scored in the 23-7 loss came on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown by Marcus Sherels.

Freeman suffered a concussion in the loss and was replaced by Ponder in their next game. He would not appear in another game for the Vikings, despite inconsistent play at the position.

Freeman will presumably get a chance to compete to be Eli Manning’s backup in New York.

Despite playing five seasons in the NFL, none more trying than his last one, Freeman is just 26, so he might still turn his career around. He has completed 57.6 percent of his career attempts for 13,724 yards and 80 touchdowns with 67 interceptions. He has a 77.8 career passer rating.

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