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Josh Freeman's agent posts 1-word tweet saying former Tampa Bay QB headed to Minnesota

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    FILe - In this Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. The Buccaneers have released Freeman, Thursday, Oct. 3. 2013, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. (AP Photo/File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman watches from the sideline in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. The Buccaneers have released Freeman, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)The Associated Press

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    ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 5-6 - FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2013, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, left, talks to quarterback Josh Freeman (5) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Tampa, Fla. The winless Buccaneers are in disarray, and it'll take more than a bye week to fix the mess. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)The Associated Press

Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota.

Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in a one-word tweet Sunday night, saying: "Vikings!!!"

Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.

Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman after the 25-year-old completed only 45.7 percent of his passes and posted a league-low quarterback rating of 59.3 through three games.

Freeman is owed the remaining $6.25 million on the contract he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.

Freeman threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012, but his inconsistent play down the stretch contributed to the team losing five of six games and failing to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year. He led the Bucs to a 10-6 record — though not a postseason berth — while throwing for 25 TDs and just six interceptions in his first full season as a starter in 2010.

The Vikings (1-3) also were off this week.

Christian Ponder, the team's first-round draft pick three years ago, struggled mightily at quarterback in the first three games of the season, all losses. He threw five interceptions and lost two fumbles and didn't get much help from an offensive line that couldn't keep the pressure off of him, or open holes for Peterson.

Matt Cassel took over in the last game while Ponder rested his injured ribs, and he gave the struggling unit a jolt. Cassel brought some much-needed rhythm and timing to the offense while throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh in London.

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