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Josh Freeman to sign with Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 16: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 16, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Josh Freeman has his new home.

Freeman will sign with the Vikings, as PFT’s Mike Florio first reported on NBC’s Sunday Night Football post-game show.

In Minnesota, Freeman will join a quarterback depth chart that includes Christian Ponder, who opened the season as the starter, and Matt Cassel, who led the team to its first win of the season when he filled in for the injured Ponder last week.

Early on, it’s hard to see Freeman being ready to jump in and play. So he won’t be providing an immediate upgrade to their offense. But the Vikings at least see enough potential in Freeman that they want to take a look at him this season, and it’s possible that we could see him leapfrog Cassel and Ponder on the depth chart later in the year.

After showing promise early in his career, Freeman crashed and burned in his last few weeks in Tampa Bay. Now he’ll get an opportunity to make a fresh start in Minnesota.