"He's obviously still got it," said Dolphins quarterback Clint Stoerner, who threw passes to Freeman during a workout Tuesday. "He runs well, he's really quick in and out of his breaks and he catches everything. And there's something to be said for the experience he has."
Freeman enjoyed a breakout season in 1997, catching 81 passes for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns. The next season, Freeman caught 84 passes for 1,424 yards and 14 touchdowns.
After signing a lucrative contract, however, Freeman's numbers began to decline. He caught 74 passes for 1,074 yards and six touchdowns in 1999, 62 for 912 and nine in 2000 and 52 for 818 and six in 2001.
He has 477 career catches for 7,251 yards — a 15.2-yard average — and 61 touchdowns.
Without Boston, the Dolphins have little experience at wide receiver. The top player is former University of Wisconsin star Chris Chambers. Replacing Boston in the starting lineup is Derrius Thompson, who caught 26 passes for 359 yards last season. In reserve are Terrence Wilkins, Kendall Newson, J.R. Tolver and Sam Simmons.
"He's a savvy veteran," said quarterback A.J. Feeley, who played with Freeman in Philadelphia. "He knows the game in and out. He's played with a great guy there in Green Bay with Favre and he's still got some juice left. He can definitely help the team."