Devonta Freeman could soon sign a new deal with the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. The former Florida State running back’s agent is in daily contract talks with the team, per the report.
Freeman has one year remaining on his contract worth $1.8 million and seeks a long-term deal. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. In 2016, his third year in the NFL, Freeman picked up 1,079 yards on 227 attempts (4.8 yards per carry) and scored 11 rushing touchdowns.
He ranked ninth in the league in rushing yards last season, but had at least 25 fewer rushes than eight of the other nine players in the top 10. Freeman split carries with Tevin Coleman, making him harder to compare to other running backs around the league and thus harder to determine his worth. He also caught 54 passes for 462 yards.
“The Falcons, as well as Freeman,” Graziano reported, “would be disappointed if they couldn’t get a deal done at some point before or during this season.”
In the meantime, Freeman is at training camp and not holding out, which Graziano reports, “speaks to the relationship between the player and the team.”
While a deal isn’t certain, per Graziano, it’s likely to get done.