The contract discussions between the Falcons and Devonta Freeman have been publicly discussed even prior to last year’s Super Bowl, when Devonta Freeman’s agent basically demanded Freeman be paid more money. Freeman, with still a year remaining on his rookie contract, was not the biggest concern for the Falcons front office, as Thomas Dimitrioff indicated that no deal would be happening this offseason.
But somewhere, between Freeman’s patience and the Falcons willingness to get a deal done with the star running back, things changed. About a month ago, contract talks began heating up, and we began hearing reports that a deal could be coming any week.
Well, it finally came. This morning the Falcons and Freeman finally agreed to a five-year deal worth $41.25 million. The deal will make the Florida State product the highest paid running back in the NFL today, and set the benchmark for this next group of elite running backs on the verge of huge paydays.
Freeman was a fourth-round pick by the Falcons back in 2014, and one of the rare players still remaining from before the Quinn regime. But that is for good reason, as Freeman has dominated the league since being named the starting running back two years ago. He has become arguably the best duel threat running back in the NFL, rushing for over 2,000 yards and receiving for another 1,000 over the last two seasons.