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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
Contract: view contract details
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ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Falcons are "confident" of striking an extension with contract-year RB Devonta Freeman by the first week of training camp.
Freeman expressed a similar sentiment last week. It's clearly a priority for both sides. One of the league's most versatile backs, Freeman has earned a big payday after back-to-back huge years. Jun 20 - 1:17 PM

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Contract-year RB Devonta Freeman is optimistic about getting an extension done.

Freeman said "things look good" after speaking with GM Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons haven’t been in a rush to extend Freeman, but talks should start to heat up before camp. Freeman is pushing for Doug Martin money ($7M annually).
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 7:32 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he is "confident" the organization will work out a long-term extension with walk-year RB Devonta Freeman.

"Like I've said before, we want him here and he's a very important part of our organization," Dimitroff said on SiriusXM's Schein on Sports. "We're ready in the relatively near future to have some discussions with their representation." Freeman recently told ESPN's Josina Anderson he wants "elite" running back money, but that apparently has not discouraged the general manager. Dimitroff previously identified training camp as the likely timeframe for a deal to be struck.
May 20 - 10:10 AM

Devonta Freeman told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he wants "elite" running back money on a contract extension.

"I want to be the best," Freeman said. "I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be -- straight up." It's unclear what elite running back money is these days, but Le'Veon Bell is currently the highest paid at over $12 million on the franchise tag. LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin are Nos. 2 and 3 at $8.01 million and $7.15 million, respectively. That's likely the area Freeman wants to get to, though Lamar Miller's $6.5 million might make more sense. Freeman is hoping to land an extension this summer.
May 17 - 12:45 PM

Walk-year RB Devonta Freeman said he cannot ever see himself holding out.

"I'm a player," Freeman said. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman has been clear about his desire for an extension, but he said he and the front office are on the same page. GM Thomas Dimitroff has said he expects an extension to be worked out around training camp. Freeman is scheduled to make $1.797 million this season.
May 16 - 12:38 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3Matt Simms
4Alek Torgersen
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Brian Hill
4Terron Ward
5B.J. Daniels
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Tyler Renew
WR11Julio Jones
2Taylor Gabriel
3Andre Roberts
4Devin Fuller
5Deante Burton
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Justin Hardy
3Nick Williams
4Anthony Dable
5Josh Magee
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Austin Hooper
2Levine Toilolo
3Josh Perkins
4D.J. Tialavea
5Eric Saubert
LT1Jake Matthews
2Daniel Brunskill
3Wil Freeman
LG1Andy Levitre
2Sean Harlow
3Trevor Robinson
C1Alex Mack
2Cornelius Edison
3Cam Keizur
4Travis Averill
RG1Wes Schweitzer
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Kevin Graf
3Andreas Knappe
4Marquis Lucas
K1Matt Bryant
2Mike Meyer