Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency Rumors: Josh Freeman To Backup Jay Cutler?


Publicly, the Chicago Bears have strongly endorsed Jordan Palmer as the backup to starting quarterback Jay Cutler.

Though, like Bears general manager Phil Emery proved last summer, he is going to leave no stone unturned.

On Monday, the Bears conducted a workout with free agent quarterback Josh Freeman. Despite the workout, ESPN Chicago reports that the Bears are not going to pursue Freeman any further.

Freeman was once a promising young quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before struggling with his accuracy last season. Freeman was released early in the 2013 season by the Buccaneers and finished the season with the Minnesota Vikings. Though, Freeman was once again plagued with accuracy issues to the point in which he only made one start for the Vikings.

Freeman finished the 2013 season with a completion percentage of 41.7%.

Freeman may be the most notable of free agent quarterbacks on the market with the list including names like Rex Grossman and Matt Flynn.

The Bears still need to bring in a third quarterback, if only for training camp purposes, and chances are that player may come through the draft. When speaking earlier this off-season, Emery seemed to allude to the idea that the Bears would draft a developmental quarterback at some point in the draft.

The NFL Draft is exactly one month from today on May 8.

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