Falcons sign Devonta Freeman to 5-year extension

Falcons sign Devonta Freeman to 5-year extension

Devonta Freeman and the Atlanta Falcons have reportedly agreed to a contract extension that makes him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The Falcons negotiations with Freeman were complicated by Pittsburgh's Le'veon Bell's decision to reject a five-year, $60 million contact offer.

Freeman was selected in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2014 draft out of Florida State.

The deal has a $15 million signing bonus and includes $22 million in guaranteed money.

The Falcons officially announced the signing shortly after the report, and Freeman said the following about it: "This is where I've always wanted to be".

The extension, which runs through 2022, has an annual value of $8.25 million, topping the $8 million yearly salary of Buffalo's LeSean McCoy. Freeman is coming off the best of his three National Football League seasons, with a career-high 1,079 rushing yards and a career-high 4.8 yards a carry. In the same time span, he has put up over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns through the air. He also caught 54 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns. He's put up at least 1,000 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving both of the past two years and has been elected to the Pro Bowl in each.

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According to Freeman's agent Kristin Campbell, this is not on his mind. "I want to thank (owner Arthyer) Mr". He loves the city.

The deal, which averages $8.25 million, makes Freeman the highest paid running in the NFL. The organization's been great throughout the process.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection had 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns on 227 carries last season.

The Falcons can now continue the blend of Freeman and Tevin Coleman at running back.

While the new contract extension makes him now the highest paid in the league, that title may not last long.

The 25-year-old running back most recently appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the Super Bowl-bound Falcons. Will Freeman be a bit more of the focus going forward?

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