Raiders OC praises Josh Freeman

Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson gave free agent quarterback Josh Freeman some praise after Thursday’s practice.

“I’ve always been a fan of Josh as a person and a player,” Olson said after Thursday’s practice, via CSN Bay Area. “It was unfortunate, for me, to watch what happened in Tampa really over the last couple of years. I’ve always had the utmost respect for him. I think he’s a great player. I feel bad for him and the entire situation and how it’s played out. I just found out myself coming off the field that he was released. I don’t think there are any winners for anybody in that situation.”

Olson served as the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay from 2009-2011 which coincided with Freeman’s best seasons.

Freeman was released by the Buccaneers earlier this week and people have began to link his name with the Raiders. Head coach Dennis Allen has not declared or denied interest in Freeman.

“I don’t know,” Allen said.

The Raiders currently have Terrelle Pryor as their starter. Adding Freeman would only seem to cause interference with his growth should he struggle this season.