The Atlanta Falcons expected elite production from running back Devonta Freeman when they signed him to a five-year contract extension prior to the 2017 season, but they have not gotten it.
Now, there’s a chance the team could move on from the sixth-year pro.
The Falcons are weighing the possibility of releasing Freeman this offseason, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Freeman is owed $6.5 million in base salary next season as part of a contract that at one point made him the highest-paid running back in football. Atlanta could save roughly $3 million in salary cap space by releasing him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2020
Freeman missed nearly the entire 2018 season because of an injury, and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2019 (656 yards on 184 carries in 14 games). The two-time Pro Bowler turns 28 this offseason.
The Falcons don’t have any eye-popping running back options on their depth chart behind Freeman at the moment, with Brian Hill and Kenjon Barner, but they may feel they can upgrade the position in the draft.
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