Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman was late to multiple team meetings since being signed by the team during the regular season, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. According to Pelissero, four people "with knowledge of the situation" said that Freeman was late for multiple meetings and one player said that Freeman was often among the last players to team facilities.
Freeman was struggling in Tampa Bay even before controversy and a public feud with head coach Greg Schiano ensued. The Buccaneers eventually released Freeman, and there were many were negative criticisms of Schiano, but there was also talk about a lack of effort from Freeman, who failed to put up consistent numbers since being drafted in the first round.
Still, this is the first time we've heard of similar issues in Minnesota. Freeman only had one opportunity to play with the Vikings, just two weeks after being signed. He completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception in a 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. That game was a debacle, but it seemed reasonable to suggest that Freeman simply wasn't ready yet with a new team and a new system.
According to the report, Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt said that "anything about meetings or missing anything is false," and the only issue was Freeman was rushed to play before he was ready. Either way, Freeman will hit free agency this offseason, and it will be interesting to see what happens with him.