Johnny Manziel isn’t the only former first-round quarterback looking to make a move north of the border. While the former Browns signal-caller’s CFL future is still in limbo, former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is definitely headed to Canada after he signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday.
Freeman has not played a snap in the NFL since 2015 and was last released by the Colts in the 2016 offseason. He formerly had a tryout with Montreal in 2016 but did not end up signing with the CFL side. After sitting out the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Freeman is set for a return and will presumably slot in as the team’s starter.
The No. 17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft spent parts of four seasons as the Buccaneers starter, compiling a 24-35 mark with the team before enduring stints in Minnesota and Indianapolis. In his second season, the Kansas State product powered Tampa Bay to a 10-6 mark and the postseason while throwing 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
The promising career quickly began to trend downward. The Buccaneers went 4-12 the following season and Freeman threw only 16 touchdowns with 22 interceptions. After one more season in Tampa Bay, he made his way as a backup to Minnesota and Indianapolis.