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Devonta Freeman | Running Back | #24

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 206
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 4 (103) / ATL
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Walk-year RB Devonta Freeman told Sporting News' Alex Marvez he will not skip any of the Falcons' offseason program.
"I’m doing everything," Freeman said. "I love these guys. I love football." Freeman made noise about his contract before the Super Bowl, but it does not seem like the two sides are worried about working out a deal. GM Thomas Dimitroff recently said he expects an extension to be worked out around training camp. Freeman is set to earn $1.84 million in the final year of his deal. Apr 13 - 9:47 AM

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff expects to sign walk-year RB Devonta Freeman to an extension around training camp.

Set to earn $1.84 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman made it very clear at the Super Bowl he is looking for a new contract, and Dimitroff is "confident" the two sides will get something done. "When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp," Dimitroff said. "I’m throwing that out there as a general timeline." With Desmond Trufant's deal now done, Freeman should be the next order of business.
Apr 8 - 10:26 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team will not extend walk-year RB Devonta Freeman during free agency.

He added reports the Falcons were looking to move Freeman were "ridiculous." It makes sense for Atlanta to wait until free agency dies down to talk numbers, but Freeman made it very clear before the Super Bowl he is looking for a new deal. It is possible he decides to skip some offseason activities if the Falcons do not show a real intent to work on an extension. Freeman is scheduled to make $1.838 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 13 - 9:41 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is optimistic about extending contract-year RB Devonta Freeman this offseason.

"We are in good space," Dimitroff said of a recent conversation with Freeman's agent. He said the sides will talk again at the "appropriate time." That could mean the Combine later this month. Coming off a campaign where he averaged 4.75 yards per carry and posted 1,541 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, Freeman is due $1.838 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Feb 7 - 2:09 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 11 times for 75 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-2 targets for 46 yards in the Falcons' Super Bowl 51 loss to the Patriots.

Freeman ripped off a 37-yard run on Atlanta's first drive, but otherwise he was bottled up on the ground. He did gain 39 yards on a fourth-quarter reception. The Falcons ran a whopping 50 fewer offensive plays than the Patriots, which explains why Atlanta skill-position players didn't light up the box score. Turning 25 in March, Freeman is entering a contract year and wants to be paid as an elite back. The Falcons have sounded open to accommodating him.
Feb 5 - 11:20 PM

Updating a previous item, Devonta Freeman's 2017 salary will escalate to $1.838 million.

Freeman reached performance-based escalators in his first three NFL seasons that will boost his salary by more than $1 million. It's small consolation, of course, for a player who has made clear he wants a lucrative long-term extension, and whose agent has spoken publicly-bordering-on-irresponsibly about the negotiations to come. The Falcons do want to keep Freeman around long term. Tevin Coleman's Dynasty owners should be hoping Freeman talks break down.
Jan 31 - 9:14 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team will address Devonta Freeman's contract this offseason.

Freeman's agent said she expects the Falcons "to make him a priority this offseason," and the general manager seems happy to acquiesce. "Devonta obviously is a very good football player," Dimitroff said Monday night. "We want him to be here with us, and we are going to address that in the offseason." Freeman is scheduled to make $800,000 in salary and bonuses in 2017, the final year of his rookie deal. A long-term extension and big raise are likely in his future.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 11:35 AM

The agent for Devonta Freeman told NFL.com her client deserves to be paid like an "elite back."

Freeman's contract does not expire until after the 2017 season, but he could stage a holdout if his monetary desires aren't met. "It's time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is," said agent Kristin Campbell. "I expect them to make him a priority this offseason." Freeman is owed just $800,000 in 2017, including salary and bonuses. Freeman previously told NFL.com that his committee usage alongside Tevin Coleman is a "source of frustration." Freeman's agent plans to "press the matter" of a contract extension following Sunday's Super Bowl.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 5:41 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

It was a typical day at the office for Freeman, who split work with Tevin Coleman and looked better than his relatively modest stats. Freeman slashes and burns like few backs in the NFL. He will be a Super Bowl 51 handful for either the Patriots or Steelers, who won't have the luxury of keying in on Freeman and Coleman thanks to the Falcons' electric passing attack.
Jan 22 - 6:42 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, adding four receptions for 80 additional yards.

Freeman got out-rushed by Tevin Coleman, but was an integral part of the Falcons advancing to the NFC Championship Game. Freeman shakes and bakes like few players in the NFL, and is tough as nails for a back standing in at 5-foot-8. He'll be heavily involved as the Falcons seek their first Super Bowl appearance since the '90s.
Jan 14 - 8:35 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 12 times for 96 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 17 win over the Saints.

He caught all five of his targets in the pass game for another 81 yards. Freeman's biggest play was a 75-yard touchdown run around the right edge as he outran the defense all the way untouched to the end zone. Atlanta's offense is the most lethal in the game right now, and it left Freeman and Coleman as every-week RB1/2 options due to immense upside and a solid touch floor on Freeman's end. Freeman will get a week to rest up with the Falcons clinching a first-round bye.
Jan 1 - 8:46 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 13 times for 53 yards and caught 8-of-8 targets for 35 yards in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Panthers.

It was a bit of a quiet game for Freeman coming off a three-touchdown performance, but the running back looked as good as ever. He had several chunk gains and consistently created yards on his own at the second level. Freeman did not find the end zone, but he paid off PPR owners in a big way with eight catches. Even in a timeshare, Freeman is a decent bet for a touchdown every week. He will be a back-end RB1 in the season finale against the Saints.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Devonta Freeman supplied 139 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries while adding two catches for 16 yards on two targets Sunday in the Falcons' Week 15 win over the 49ers.

If you faded Freeman coming off last week’s dismal outing against the Rams (six carries for six yards), shame on you. Freeman did exactly what he was supposed to do against the worst defense in football: he ripped them to pieces. Freeman faced zero resistance all day and probably would have done more damage if the Falcons hadn’t rested their starters in the fourth quarter. Freeman lost a goal-line fumble on Sunday—it was actually the first fumble by a Falcons running back this season—but he more than made up for it with his three touchdowns. The most impressive of those three came on a 34-yard burst in the third quarter where he found a hole and was off to the races. Freeman is the 11th player to rush for 100 yards on the Niners this year. Freeman will be an upside RB2 next week at Carolina.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:02:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed six times for six yards and reeled in two-of-three targets for 12 yards Sunday in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Rams.

It was a shockingly quiet day for Freeman, who was out-touched by both Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward. The Falcons returned two Rams’ turnovers for touchdowns and rested their starters in the fourth quarter, which limited Freeman’s opportunities. It was certainly a disappointing result for Freeman after scoring four touchdowns over his previous two games. Fortunately he’ll be facing the league’s worst run defense when the Falcons host San Francisco in Week 15. Freeman will be an upside RB2 in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 08:20:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 15 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs, adding four receptions for 49 additional yards.

Freeman now has four touchdowns in two games since Tevin Coleman returned. For whatever reason, perhaps freshness, he's been more productive with his sophomore teammate in the lineup. Freeman should have another strong day against the free-falling Rams in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3B.J. Daniels
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Terron Ward
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Soma Vainuku
WR11Julio Jones
2Taylor Gabriel
3Devin Fuller
4Anthony Dable
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Justin Hardy
3Nick Williams
4Andre Roberts
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Austin Hooper
2Levine Toilolo
3Josh Perkins
4D.J. Tialavea
5Brian Vogler
LT1Jake Matthews
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
C1Alex Mack
2Trevor Robinson
RG1Ben Garland
2Hugh Thornton
3Blake Muir
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Kevin Graf
K1Matt Bryant
2Mike Meyer