Josh Freeman: ‘Quarterback’ released by Dolphins, according to reports

Josh Freeman : Quarterback released by Dolphins, according to reports

Josh Freeman apparently won’t be continuing his NFL career with the Dolphins. Freeman, Tampa Bay’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was cut Friday, according to Bleacher Report and NFL Network.

Josh Freeman had a shot to win the backup job with Matt Moore struggling in the preseason. But aside from a strong third preseason game, when coach Joe Philbin said Freeman appeared to be getting a grasp of the offense, Freeman also struggled.

He threw two interceptions in Thursday’s preseason finale and after the game was relegated to the fact that he’d be released.

“I’m not really sure exactly what they’re looking for,” he said. “But I tried to put my best stuff on display. Sometimes I felt like I did a good job. Other times I was a little off. Whatever happens I’m appreciative of the opportunity.”

That should clinch the backup job for Moore, who in three games this preseason had 166 passing yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 50.8 passer rating.

The Dolphins also have McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was on the practice squad last year. But he also failed to impress this preseason.

Other cuts today, according to sources and media reports, include defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Deandre Coleman, linebacker Jeff Luc, receiver Demarr Aultman.

The Dolphins have until 4 p.m. on Saturday to trim the roster to 53 players.