Here is the basic deal. Freeman should have never been signed without the 2nd year period (flub on Speilman).
Without that second year your now trying to evaluate Freeman and could more easily miss on him because of it since after this year the Only QB really under contract (i dont see them retaining Cassels services) is our drafted 25 year old QB Christian Ponder.
So now the Depth Chart next year looks like this
Christian Ponder--rookie deal 1 year left
Matt Cassel--if hes retained
Or if we resign Freeman
Josh Freeman--big contract at least 5 years probably close to 30+ on the low end contract, high end upwards of 60+
Christian Ponder--1 year left on rookie contract
3rd guy--either drafted late or Free agent
My problem with this is that if we miss on Freeman with any contract paying him more than 5 mil a year were royally screwed. Now dont get me wrong i was for getting freeman on a 2 year deal so the vikings weren't forced to try to evaluate on the fly (like were doing now). which than of course takes the ball out of our best Offensive weapons hands which is Peterson. i mean come on he has had 23 carries the last 2 weeks and thats what he averaged with Ponder at QB.
Now don't get me wrong i don't think Ponder is really the answer. but he would have been better than Freeman last on monday night against the Giants, and Peterson would have gotten at least 15-20 carries, and since he really is the only QB confirmed to be here next year i would have ridden the Ponder train the rest of the season outside of the lost games due to injury. Even with the Freeman signing.
So in closing i would not retain Freeman services unless he completely plays lights out and if he does another Overthrow plooza like last night i would be starting Ponder from there on. Cause come on we know Cassel is not the Answer, so really its a Freeman Vs. Ponder. but atleast Ponder knows the Playbook and it seems that Musgrave likes to keep the Ball out of Ponders hands when he starts which mean Peterson gets his carries.
I think we win the Giants Game by 3-7 points with either matt or christian starting.