The Miami Dolphins made a surprising move this week, signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman to a one-year deal. On Friday, Freeman spoke to Sports Talk Florida and other media members about what happened in Tampa, his year away from football and how he’s grown as a player and person. He also talked about meeting Kurt Warner and how he hopes to adopt a similar attitude as Warner did with the Rams.
Freeman knows he’s not the starter and he’s in Miami to compete for a backup job with Matt Moore while pushing Ryan Tannehill.
“I’m coming into it with a very humble mentality, a beginner’s mentality. Coach [Bill] Lazor’s offense is one that I’m not really that experienced in,” he said, vowing to “work [his] butt off” to improve and earn a spot with the team.
He said he spent the past year reflecting.
“They say you can’t appreciate something until it’s gone. I have always loved football and appreciated it. Not playing last year really left me hungry and wanting to get back in the swing of things.
“I’ve always wanted to play football and I still want to play football as long as I can until the wheels fall off. Last year led me to kind of step back and evaluate myself in a strictly objective sense and how moving forward I can maximize my potential as a player.
“[After] self-reflection, you realize that everything is going to happen. Everybody are going to do what they are going to do. The only thing I have 100 percent control over are my actions and my preparation and my attitude that I take into each and every day.”