The Oakland Raiders are a frontrunner to sign free agent quarterback Josh Freeman, as reported by csnbayarea.com. Freeman, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, was contacted by 10 teams, including Oakland, according to the news report. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson served at the same position at Tampa Bay from 2009-11 and helped Freeman become a quarterback on the rise in the NFL during his tenure.
Oakland head coach Dennis Allen spoke with the free agent on Friday. Freeman, should he sign with the Raiders, would immediately supplant Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback according to the same report – Freeman hopes to come to a decision as early as tonight.
Reaching out to Freeman reveals that the organization is not sold on Pryor as the team’s future. After previously playing for Olson in Tampa Bay, Freeman undoubtedly would do well in his scheme as he has done so before. Whether or not the team does land him, it shows that Oakland is already looking for new talent at the quarterback position just one week after Matt Flynn’s regular season debut.
Essentially, Pryor will be playing for his starting job tonight. He must make a statement and persuade his coaches to not chase after
Freeman. A good performance during tonight’s divisional matchup could be enough to buy him more time. Another possibility is that Pryor’s performance is just a moot point since the organization has already decided to reach out to Freeman. Pryor
has yet to speak publically on the matter. Surely, if and when he does speak on the subject, he will say all the right things and make it seem he is only focused on the game and wants to perform at his best. Whatever the case may be, Pryor must win – if not for his job in Oakland, then possibly for a job elsewhere.