Devonta Freeman, Falcons Agree to Richest Contract for an RB in NFL

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The Atlanta Falcons and Devonta Freeman concluded to a five-year agreement prolongation Wednesday that will make him a league’s highest-paid using back, as initial reported by’s Michael Silver.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, a understanding is value $41.25 million.

The Falcons strictly announced a signing shortly after a report, and Freeman pronounced a following about it: “This is where I’ve always wanted to be. “I wish to appreciate [owner] Mr. [Arthur] Blank, [general manager] Thomas [Dimitroff] and Coach [Dan] Quinn for all of their support. we feel intensely blessed, though a work and grub are only beginning.”

Freeman, 25, has been zero brief of fantastic for a Falcons over a past dual seasons. He had his breakthrough debate in 2015, accumulating 1,634 yards from struggle and 14 touchdowns. Despite bursting backfield duties with Tevin Coleman in 2016, he continued to produce, notching 1,541 yards from struggle and 13 scores.

The span of Freeman and Coleman—along with quarterback Matt Ryan and far-reaching receiver Julio Jones—led a Falcons to a No. 1 scoring offense (33.8 points per game) and No. 2 yardage offense (415.8 yards per contest) in a NFL.

That quartet, interconnected with a plain descent line and softened defense, led a Falcons to a Super Bowl, where they mislaid to the New England Patriots in distressing fashion.

It became transparent that Freeman—or during slightest his agent, Kristin Campbell—would pull tough for a remunerative agreement prolongation when Campbell brought adult a matter in late January, a week before a Super Bowl.

“It’s time for the Falcons to compensate him like a chosen behind he is,” Campbell told Silver at a time. “I design them to make him a priority this offseason, as he’s been an constituent partial of a energetic offense that has gotten them to the Super Bowl.”

Clearly, a team’s front bureau agreed, even if it would have elite Campbell hadn’t publicly advocated for her customer right before a Super Bowl. Nonetheless, a group famous Freeman’s value.

The preference to compensate Freeman vast bucks will now lift a doubt of Coleman’s destiny with a franchise. Coleman is still under control for a subsequent dual seasons during a affordable rate of $680,000 in 2017 and $792,000 in 2018, though if he stays healthy, he could strike unlimited giveaway group as potentially a tip using behind on a marketplace in 2019.

The Falcons will have to confirm if they wish to compensate vital income to both using backs. Freeman is clearly a vast partial of a team’s future. Coleman’s standing will now be value monitoring as a group looks to replicate 2016’s success.

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