Former first-round NFL pick Josh Freeman has decided to retire after a brief stay with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
Freeman, who has not played in the NFL since appearing in one game for the Indianapolis Colts at the end of the 2015 season, was attempting to resurrect his NFL career and was one of six quarterbacks to participate in the Alouettes’ passing camp in early May.
“We would like to thank Josh for his work and dedication. He was a consummate professional throughout camp. We respect his decision and we wish him the best in the future,” the team said in a statement.
While the retirement announcement only addresses his CFL status, it’s unlikely Freeman will find an NFL suitor after finding himself at the bottom of the depth chart with the Alouettes, as reported by ESPN.
Freeman, 30, was the 17th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He started all but one game from 2010-12, throwing for a career-high 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012. But his once-promising career flamed out beginning the following season, when he was benched after three games for Mike Glennon.
He was released on Oct. 3 and signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Freeman was named the starter for Week 7, but had a dismal showing on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and never played again for the Vikings.
Freeman was released by the Giants and Miami Dolphins over the next two years without playing for either team. After a brief stint with the Brooklyn Bolts of the FXFL in 2015, he started the final game of the 2015 season for the Colts.
This was Freeman’s second attempt to resurrect his career in the CFL. He attended the Calgary Stampeders’ Florida minicamp last year and an open tryout for the Alouettes. He was added to Montreal’s negotiating list on Jan. 9 of this year and signed a two-year contract three days later.
Freeman, who isn’t married and has no children, breeds snakes at his home in Kansas City and said he simply misses the competition of playing football.
“I mean, you can go to the gym and, like, play basketball as hard as you can,” Freeman told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this month. “But you can’t really compete. You don’t sit and prepare all week to go kick some kid’s (butt) in basketball. What kind of loser is that?”
–Field Level Media