The two-time Pro Bowler said he would sit out and skip the season if he didn’t get what he’s worth.
Well, now we are a week away from kickoff and Freeman has yet to sign. However, he is visiting with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Sitting Out a Year Could Be Beneficial
Freeman is so hell-bent on getting the money he deserves that he’s willing to wait even if it means he has to sit out for a season.
Over the last three seasons in Atlanta, Freeman averaged more than $7 million a year. There’s no show he’s going to get anything close to that after putting up just 3.6 yards per carry last season, his career-low.
Now, if Freeman does decide to sit out for a season it could be in his benefit to rest his body. But, if he thinks he’s going to come out of a one-year retirement and get offered more than that $4 million deal, he’s lost his marbles. Freeman hasn’t been at his best for the past three seasons.
Freeman Could Be Waiting Forever For the Money He ‘Deserves’
Obviously with the season right around the corner, teams are pretty much set at the running back position. Well, except the Jaguars who just released Leonard Fournette.
And there’s no shot that Freeman would join a team as a primary starter after coming out of a full-starting position since 2015. At this rate, he might not get the chance to start unless an injury happens. Freeman can keep shopping around but if nothing else comes along, then he should settle.
And if he doesn’t want to settle for what he’s offered then he could find himself in retirement entirely while waiting around.
Falcons Move On From Devonta Freeman
Atlanta made a final decision to let go of their once shining star running back in March.
As of 2019, Freeman has rushed for a notable total of 3,972 yards averaging 4.2 rushing yards per game. He has scored 32 touchdowns so far with 2,015 receiving yards and 257 receptions.
Freeman was selected by Atlanta in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2017 the Falcons signed Freeman to a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension and he became the highest-paid running back in the league.
The former explosive running back missed all but two games during the 2018 season, due to a groin injury. After Freeman finished the 2019 season with a career-low, the Falcons decided to go in a new direction. Atlanta signed on Todd Gurley in early free agency to replace Freeman.