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07:12 AM ET 10.07 | The Vikings just signed themselves up for a whole lot of quarterback questions, some of which were coming anyway. The team signed free agent Josh Freeman to a one-year deal reportedly worth $3 million late Sunday night, which presumably means Christian Ponder's tenure is almost over. Freeman must learn the Vikings offense, but the team's aggressiveness in pursuing the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback indicates that they want him to replace Ponder as the starter as soon as possible. A former first-round pick out of Kansas State, Freeman is only 25 but already is in his fifth NFL season. He has passed for 13,534 yards and 80 touchdowns with 66 interceptions. The Vikings, who return to work Monday after their bye, already were prepared to face questions about their quarterback situation this week.

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October 7, 2013  07:21 AM ET

What a perfect spot for him.

October 7, 2013  07:23 AM ET

I think Minnesota needs more than an average back up to right their ship. But as a Packers fan, great decision Minnesota!

October 7, 2013  07:28 AM ET

Matt Cassel performed pretty well in London. Maybe the idea is to start Cassel, give Freeman the clipboard and cut Ponder?

October 7, 2013  07:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Matt Cassel performed pretty well in London. Maybe the idea is to start Cassel, give Freeman the clipboard and cut Ponder?

or..work toward getting a higher draft pick.

October 7, 2013  07:29 AM ET

Well Josh, you have your chance to show everyone that it was Tampa's and Schiano's fault. Your second chance starts right now.

October 7, 2013  07:39 AM ET

This should absolutely make 3M TA3's day. He was practically praying the Queens wouldn't get him in another thread.

October 7, 2013  07:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Matt Cassel performed pretty well in London. Maybe the idea is to start Cassel, give Freeman the clipboard and cut Ponder?

Competition is good.

October 7, 2013  07:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well Josh, you have your chance to show everyone that it was Tampa's and Schiano's fault. Your second chance starts right now.

+1

October 7, 2013  07:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What a perfect spot for him.

I concur.

Eat me will not be pleased.

October 7, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well Josh, you have your chance to show everyone that it was Tampa's and Schiano's fault. Your second chance starts right now.

Cassell will make one more start. Freeman might come in late in that game and after that Freeman will get his chance. With AD in the backfield Freeman might surprise some people, he's a quality QB.

October 7, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Matt Cassel performed pretty well in London. Maybe the idea is to start Cassel, give Freeman the clipboard and cut Ponder?

Probably a wise move, at least for another week (or two)

October 7, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I concur. Eat me will not be pleased.

I wish it happened Saturday so I could drown in my sorrow. Alas, it's Monday.

They're paying more than Ponder and Cassel combined. My guess he'll start by the Giants game on the 21st. Might as well start against a suspect defense.

October 7, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I wish it happened Saturday so I could drown in my sorrow. Alas, it's Monday.They're paying more than Ponder and Cassel combined. My guess he'll start by the Giants game on the 21st. Might as well start against a suspect defense.

The fact that it's Monday is a good enough reason to partake.

October 7, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The fact that it's Monday is a good enough reason to partake.

The fact it's the friggin Jets on TV tonite is another.

October 7, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This should absolutely make 3M TA3's day. He was practically praying the Queens wouldn't get him in another thread.

<sigh>

October 7, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Maybe the Vikes front office has finally listen to Jimmy Johnson on the Fox pre-game show saying that Ponder is the worst starter in the NFL.

October 7, 2013  09:11 AM ET

The Buc's gave him plenty of motivation to elevate his game. Hope for the best.

October 7, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Around the beginning of November we'll get a "Tampa Bay working out Christian Ponder" thread.

October 7, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Maybe the Vikes front office has finally listen to Jimmy Johnson on the Fox pre-game show saying that Ponder is the worst starter in the NFL.

Yes, because we know Johnson isn't prone to hyperbole.

 
October 7, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Around the beginning of November we'll get a "Tampa Bay working out Christian Ponder" thread.

Yes, and maybe before Halloween.

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