Considering his financial aspirations weighed against the risk of injury, it would be understandable if Falcons running back Devonta Freeman skipped the team’s offseason football activities until given a new contract.
That won’t be happening.
Freeman told Sporting News he will partake in all of Atlanta’s upcoming workouts and minicamp while remaining optimistic that a deal can be finalized before the 2017 regular season begins.
Freeman said the decision is based on his passion for football and strong feelings toward his teammates, as well as faith in the Falcons to extend his current rookie deal, which is set to expire at the end of the 2017 season.
“I’m doing everything,” Freeman said Wednesday after participating in the players-only “Camp Brotherhood” workouts organized by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at the University of Miami.
“I love these guys. I love football.”
Freeman, 25, is set to earn $1.84 million in the final year of the contract he signed as a 2014 fourth-round draft pick. Freeman, though, has put himself in position for a significant raise after two consecutive seasons of 1,000-plus rushing yards.
Freeman and his agent made their desire for a new deal public before Super Bowl 51 via NFL Network. Last month, general manager Thomas Dimitroff told co-host Vic Carucci and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Falcons were “confident something can get wrapped up” with Freeman later in the offseason.
The reporter complied, but Jones, who reportedly was taking anger management classes in [the] wake of his arrest, continued to berate the reporter, who had walked clear away from his locker, while walking to the restroom after ending the interview, yelling at him for asking “stupid ass (expletive) questions.”