The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent quarterback Josh Freeman to a 1-year, $3 million deal late Sunday night.
Freeman was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday and with the Vikings coming off a bye week with an injured starting quarterback, the team's move could mean Christian Ponder is facing his final days in purple.
Currently, there are three quarterbacks on the roster, each being paid around $3 million: Ponder at $2.8 million, Cassel at $3.7 million and now Freeman at $3 million.
Vikings ownership is reportedly very supportive of the signing and general manager Rick Spielman already told Freeman how much he loved him coming into the draft.
Ponder is recovering from a fractured rib injury that placed backup Matt Cassel at the helm as he led the Vikings to their first win of the season in London against the Steelers.
Freeman started the first three games of the season with the Bucs and was reportedly searching for a place where he could step in as a starter. He's in his fifth season, has started 59 career games and has thrown 13,534 yards and 80 career touchdowns.
WHAT'S UP FOR SUNDAY?
The Vikings will face the Carolina Panthers at 12 p.m. at Mall of America Field. Freeman will still need to get a handle on the Vikings offense but no announcements have been made as to who will start Sunday.