Devonta Freeman Agrees to $41.25M Deal With Atlanta Falcons

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) warms up before Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Devonta Freeman is now the highest paid running back in all of football.

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a 5-year deal with star running back Devonta Freeman on Wednesday. According to Michael Silver of NFL Media, the deal pays $41.25 million over five years. Freeman is already slated to make $1.8 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

The news of Freeman’s extension is music to the ears of Atlanta Falcons fans everywhere. After a season in which he ran for 1,079 yards, there was plenty of anxiety surrounding Freeman’s expiring deal. It was late July when his agent, Kristin Campbell, had last left Atlanta without a new deal for her client. Then came news of Freeman’s $10 million, pre-camp insurance policy.

Many high-profile athletes choose not to serve the final year of their contracts as a means to bargain for bigger, better deals. Much to his credit, Devonta Freeman took an opposite route. Freeman reported to camp with the rest of the Atlanta Falcons and has since been working to improve his game.

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Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Vaughn McClure provided some details on Devonta Freeman’s work to improve his blocking. This comes after the “scar” of Freeman’s missed block on Don’t’a Hightower in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 51. Falcons’ fans will forever remember the play as the momentum shift New England used to mount their historic comeback.

Devonta Freeman averaged 4.8 yards per carry and was elected to his second straight Pro Bowl in 2016. Prior to today, LeSean McCoy’s $40 million was the largest running back contract in terms of overall value. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Le’Veon Bell eventually sign an even bigger deal before the start of next offseason.

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