Lately there have been some calls from a few fans for the Vikings to re-sign Josh Freeman in the off-season. We've been pretty adamant that Josh Freeman isn't coming back in 2014. But, never-the-less some of the arguments go like this: Josh Freeman didn't have adequate time to learn the playbook, he was rushed into game action and his epically bad performance isn't really indicative of his true talent. In addition, we should give Freeman a full off-season, complete with a new coaching staff, new offense and new offensive coordinator to see what he can do with added time with receivers and through an entire offseason program and training camp. Supporters will also point to his great 2010 season and flashes of greatness in a few games in the 2011 and 2012 season as evidence of future potential. Despite this coming across a little like beating a dead horse, I think resigning Josh Freeman would be a terrible idea. So, let's flash back to October, when the Vikings first acquired Josh Freeman after he was cut mid-season by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and take a more in-depth look at the question of resigning Josh Freeman for the 2014 season, shall we?

Actually, let's flash back even earlier, to a little over a year ago when Greg Schiano was caught saying, "I have to evaluate everything before I can say that's what we're doing" in regards to keeping Freeman after a disastrous finish to the 2012 season. Shortly after Schiano made those infamous post-season comments, the Bucs drafted quarterback Mike Glennon in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. Josh Freeman made comments about the Bucs being "his team" and Schiano was forced to back-track from that earlier season-ending statement a bit. Tension was beginning to mount between Freeman and Schiano, and by the time the Preseason was finished, it was widely reported that the two of them were not getting along. There was speculation that Schiano rigged the vote to strip Freeman of his team captain role. And then there were reports of Freeman missing team photos and meetings, and getting fined for missing those meetings. It was also leaked that Freeman voluntarily put himself in a drug program for the treatment of ADHD. And of course, he was ultimately benched after opening the season 0-4. Things got very messy to say the least, and it all led to his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soon after, all during what should have been a contract year.

Shortly after the Vikings signed the free agent, this report was making the rounds claiming that Leslie Frazier did not want the team to sign him, and that Frazier was overruled by Rick Spielman and Zygi Wilf. There could be some truth to this, as a heavily invested Spielman was clearly coaching Freeman on what to say during his first phone interview after being signed by the team.