Over the weekend, there was talk of running back Devonta Freeman potentially sitting out the 2020 season and speculation he could consider retirement if he does not find a deal to his liking.
On Monday night, Freeman set the record straight in a tweet that he deleted moments later (Twitter link via Mike Garafolo of NFL.com). The family-friendly portion of the message that we can share here: “I got ten more years in me. Kill that fake retirement (stuff)!”
Freeman, 28, has reportedly talked with the Jets and Eagles in recent weeks and turned down a one-year, $3M offer to join up with the Seahawks. It’s unlikely he’ll land a deal to match his last one — a five-year, $41.25M contract with an average annual value of about $8M — but he’s aiming for something in between.
Only trouble is, there aren’t a ton of teams desperate for running back help at this stage of the offseason and Freeman’s stock has taken a tumble.
In 2018, Freeman was limited to just two games. Last year, he managed to play in 14 of the Falcons’ 16 games, but looked like a shell of his former self and averaged just 3.6 yards per attempt.
Roughly three years ago, Freeman became the second-highest paid running back in the NFL on an annual basis, behind the franchise-tagged Le’Veon Bell. Freeman was a Pro Bowler in 2015-16. As a reminder of how quickly things change in this league — the league’s other leaders in compensation in 2017 were LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin.
McCoy may be on the cusp of a bargain-basement deal to return to the Eagles and Martin has not played a down since the 2018 season.
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