Quarterback Josh Freeman, who was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 entry draft, is to join the Minnesota Vikings, the National Football League team announced on Monday.

Freeman ended his often-turbulent four-years with Tampa Bay on Thursday when he was released by the Buccaneers.

He completed just 45.7 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and three interceptions as the Buccaneers lost their first three games of the season.

The 25-year-old was reportedly fined twice by Tampa Bay in the past month, including once for doing an unauthorized interview with an American sports television network.

He compiled a 24-35 record over his four-plus seasons as Tampa Bay's starter, throwing for 13,534 yards and 80 touchdowns with 66 interceptions.

The Vikings said Freeman would not start at quarterback this weekend as he needed more time to learn the club's offensive systems.

Freeman also needs to pass a physical exam for his contract to become official.