The Colts are bringing in former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman for a workout, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Indianapolis may be in the market for a free agent QB, with most of the team’s in-house options battling some sort of injury.
The Colts’ still have an outside chance at earning a playoff berth, but several things would have to go right for the team, and that includes winning its Week 17 game against the Titans. With Andrew Luck having been on the shelf for a good chunk of the season, the club’s backup options are dwindling — Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Matt Hasselbeck has sustained a sprained AC joint, while Charlie Whitehurst suffered a hamstring injury. Despite having four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, the Colts may only have one (Stephen Morris) who is healthy enough to play, and he has been with the team for just four days.
Freeman, who turns 28 next month, 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 Buccaneers. 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.
Since a brief 2013 stint in Minnesota, however, Freeman has bounced around from team to team, unable to find a permanent NFL home. Most recently, he spent some time with the Dolphins this summer and then played for the FXFL’s Brooklyn Bolts in the fall.
Considering how long it has been since Freeman played in an NFL game, the Colts are unlikely to sign him with an eye toward having him play on Sunday. But if he impresses in his audition, perhaps Freeman could be added to the club’s roster as an emergency backup for Week 17 and a potential option for 2016.