EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Josh Freeman said he followed his heart. Rick Spielman ignored his.
After a tumultuous end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Freeman chose to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, eschewing offers from several other teams because he said he felt comfortable about the situation and opportunity with Minnesota.
Spielman jumped on the chance to add Freeman, bringing in the most direct competition for quarterback Christian Ponder, who Spielman drafted with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 draft and stuck by for 29 mostly-unimpressive starts.
In the end, Freeman is getting his chance at a second life in the NFL and the Vikings will give him every opportunity to be the quarterback they hoped they were drafting in Ponder.
"It was down to earth," Freeman said of his experience in talking with Minnesota. "It was genuine. It was real and I could really appreciate that."
Freeman appreciates his chance with the Vikings because of how his time with Tampa Bay ended. Onc...