In advance of training camp, the Dolphins have parted ways with Josh Freeman, releasing him from his contract, according to Pro Football Talk (Twitter link). The move leaves Miami with three quarterbacks on its roster — starter Ryan Tannehill, backup Matt Moore, and third option McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Freeman, 27, was Tampa Bay’s full-time starting quarterback from 2009 to 2012, but saw the wheels come off in 2013 and was cut by the team. In his first four seasons, the former 17th overall pick completed 58.8% of his passes and tossed 78 touchdowns to go with 63 interceptions, as well as throwing for more than 4,000 yards in 2012. In 2013 though, Freeman’s completion percentage in four starts with the Bucs was just 45.7%, a number which declined even more after he joined the Vikings and performed poorly in his lone start.
After trying out for the Jets this offseason, Freeman joined the Dolphins on a minimum salary contract. While there was some initial speculation that the former Buccaneer could challenge Moore for the No. 2 job, it seemed more likely that Freeman would simply serve as a camp arm. However, after today’s release, he won’t even be with the Fins when their training camp gets underway next week.