Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman remains unsigned. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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