Devonta Freeman Seeking “Elite” Money

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has a rather important game to play Sunday, but his representative is already looking past Atlanta’s Super Bowl LI matchup with the Patriots and ahead to the offseason. Given Freeman’s contributions to the NFC champions’ prolific offensive attack, he deserves “elite” money, agent Kristin Campbell told Mike Silver of NFL.com. Freeman still has another year left on his contract, but Campbell expects the Falcons to prioritize an extension for him in the offseason.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman, a three-year veteran, is coming off his second straight regular season with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 13-plus total touchdowns and over 50 receptions. He has amassed those quality numbers despite working in a timeshare with 2015 third-round pick Tevin Coleman, which has frustrated Freeman and his agent.

“Oh, I’m certainly struggling with it, just because I’m a competitor,” Freeman said. “I just want to be around the ball as much as I can, to help the team win. Now we’re in the Super Bowl, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I don’t know how many carries or touches I’m gonna get going into this game, but I’m gonna try to make the most of every opportunity I get.”

Campbell, meanwhile, lamented that Freeman “gets significantly less opportunity than the others” who are top-caliber backs around the NFL. She also pointed to Freeman’s durability as another reason he deserves a sizable payday, as he has missed just one game in his career. With both that and Freeman’s production in mind, Campbell has reached out to the Falcons regarding an extension, but they haven’t yet responded. However, general manager Thomas Dimitroff informed Silver the Falcons are “extremely encouraged by Devonta, as a player and a person on this team” and will “address (his contract situation) after the season.”

For his part, Freeman insists he’s focused on the task at hand this week, noting that the Falcons have “too much to play for. After that, well, I feel like I’ve done my part. Now, hopefully, I’ll get rewarded.”

Freeman has piled up 209 total yards (87 rushing, 122 receiving) and two touchdowns in playoff wins over the Seahawks and Packers. He could, of course, further make his case for a massive raise over his current $600K salary with another strong showing on the game’s biggest stage Sunday.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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6 comments on “Devonta Freeman Seeking “Elite” Money

  1. OCTraveler

    Hell of a time to negotiate your new deal in the press – really shows your focus.

    Too bad your not on the Pats – their coach might have given yo a plane ticket home.

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    • mcdusty31

      I agree that this is an awful time to be lobbying for a new contract but it sounds like his agent may be more responsible for the story than Freeman himself

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      • Dretorade

        that agent is an employee for freeman, so he could shut it down. They just doing this in case he lays an egg in the Superbowl

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        • mcdusty31

          It wouldn’t make a difference between now and then anyways, they’re not going to reach a deal before the Super Bowl

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  2. CH2ATL

    Deion Sanders, you need to have that “What’s Most Important in Life” talk with your FSU alum. He’s messing up badly!!

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  3. fisher40

    This dude needs to just be a team player and play out his existing contract then talk money once he’s a FA

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