On Wednesday, the Atlanta Falcons and the player Devota Freeman agreed to a five-year contract extension. This deal will make the player the league’s highest-paid running back. The deal is worth $41.25 million. Freeman tweeted he always wanted to be with the team and he thanked the owner Arthur Blank and the general manager Thomas Dimitroff for all their support.
The 25 year-old player has only been spectacular for the Falcons over the past two seasons. He had his breakthrough in 2015, in which he accumulate 1,634 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. In 2016, he split backfield duties with Tevin Coleman, but he continue producing with a score of 1,541 yards from scrimmage and 13 scores. The pair led the Falcons to the No.1 scoring offense with 33.8 points per game and No. 2 yardage offence with 415.8 yards per contest in the NFL. They paired with a solid offensive line and improved defense, who led the Falcons to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the New England Patriots. Freeman and his agent Kristin Campbell pushed for a lucrative contract extension since January when Campbell brought up the matter. The agent told the press is was time for the Falcons to pay Freeman like the elite he was.
The team’s front office agreed the extension and recognized Freeman’s value. Coleman is still under control for the next two seasons at the rate of $680,000 in 2017 and $792,000 in 2018, even though he could hit unrestricted free agency as potentially the top running back on the market in 2019. The Falcons will have to decide if they want to pay major money to the pair. Coleman’s status will now be worth monitoring as the team is trying to replicate the past success.
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