Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Falcons reach 5-year, $41.25 million contract extension with Devonta Freeman

Falcons Freeman signs extension becomes highest-paid RB Daniel Sheerey Getty Images Devonta Freeman
Rita Gibson | 09 August, 2017, 18:03

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year extension with Devonta Freeman that will reportedly make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. Freeman was due $1.8 million on the past year of his rookie deal this season. That's more than any other running back, pending Le'Veon Bell's anticipated acceptance of a one-year, $12.1-million offer from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Falcons officially announced the signing shortly after the report, and Freeman said the following about it: "This is where I've always wanted to be".

It became clear that Freeman-or at least his agent, Kristin Campbell-would push hard for a lucrative contract extension when Campbell brought up the matter in late January, a week before the Super Bowl.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2014, Freeman has scored 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons and had vastly outperformed his rookie deal, which was due to pay him $1.8 million in 2017. In playoff games, he averages over 100 all objective yards and a touchdown per game. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls in his short, three-year career.

According to ESPN, only teammate Julio Jones has posted more yards from scrimmage than Freeman over the past two years. "I want to thank [owner Arthur] Blank, [GM] Thomas [Dimitroff] and Coach (Dan) Quinn for all of their support". He loves the city.

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Terms haven't been released, but the deal is expected to make Freeman one of the NFL's highest-paid running backs. The organization's been great throughout the process.

The agreement comes just before Atlanta's first preseason game of the year, when the Falcons play the Dolphins in Miami on Thursday.

"That's not really my decision, " Coleman said of remaining Freeman's tag-team partner beyond 2018.

Last season, he ran for 1,079 yards on 227 carries and had 54 receptions for 462 yards, again earning a Pro Bowl selection.

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