Devonta Freeman became far too expensive for the Falcons given his production on the field. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman is coming off a tough two-year stretch.

This past season saw the high-priced veteran average a career-low 3.6 yards per attempt. That came on the heels of missing all but two games of the 2018 season to injury.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, this means that Atlanta could very well move on from Freeman during the offseason.

The insider noted that the Falcons engaged in trade discussions surrounding Freeman ahead of the October deadline, specifically mentioning the Detroit Lions as a suitor.

Rapoport also reported that barring a trade, Atlanta could release Freeman outright.

This makes a lot of sense. Freeman, 27, is set to count $9.5 million against the cap in 2020. While Atlanta would incur a $6 million dead cap hit by releasing the veteran, it would also save $3.5 million against said cap.

Atlanta has cheaper internal options in that of Brian Hill and Ito Smith on the roster.

Coming off a horrible 7-9 season, the Falcons are also currently only $6.1 million under the cap. Saving $3.5 million would help them considerably.

A fourth-round pick back in 2014, Freeman averaged 1,452 total yards and 12 touchdowns from 2015-17.

Whether on the trade block or free-agent market, he promises to attract interest once March comes calling.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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1966 - 3,209
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1969 - 3,102
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1970 - 2,941
John Brodie
1971 - 3,075
John Hadl
1972 - 2,816
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1973 - 3,219
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1974 - 2,667
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1975 - 3,169
Ken Anderson
1976 - 3,104
Bert Jones
1977 - 2,803
Joe Ferguson
1978 - 3,468
Fran Tarkenton
1979 - 4,082
Dan Fouts
1980 - 4,715
Dan Fouts
1981 - 4,802
Dan Fouts
1982 - 2,883
Dan Fouts
1983 - 4,458
Lynn Dickey
1984 - 5,084
Dan Marino
1985 - 4,137
Dan Marino
1986 - 4,746
Dan Marino
1987 - 3,387
Neil Lomax
1988 - 4,434
Dan Marino
1989 - 4,318
Don Majkowski
1990 - 4,689
Warren Moon
1991 - 4,690
Warren Moon
1992 - 4,116
Dan Marino
1993 - 4,030
John Elway
1994 - 4,555
Drew Bledsoe
1995 - 4,413
Brett Favre
1996 - 4,367
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Jeff George
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1999 - 4,436
Steve Beuerlein
2000 - 4,413
Peyton Manning
2001 - 4,830
Kurt Warner
2002 - 4,689
Rich Gannon
2003 - 4,267
Peyton Manning
2004 - 4,717
Daunte Culpepper
2005 - 4,110
Tom Brady
2006 - 4,418
Drew Brees
2007 - 4,806
Tom Brady
2008 - 5,069
Drew Brees
2009 - 4,770
Matt Schaub
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