Falcons’ Devonta Freeman Becomes NFL’s Highest-Paid Running Back


Devonta Freeman has played like a star since entering the NFL in 2014. Now he’ll be paid like one.

The Atlanta Falcons running back agreed to a new five-year contract Wednesday, the team announced on its website.

“This is where I’ve always wanted to be,” Freeman said. “I want to thank (team owner Arthur Blank), (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and coach (Dan) Quinn for all of their support. I feel extremely blessed, but the work and grind are just beginning.”

Freeman was due to earn $1.79 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract, but terms of his new deal will make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, according to NFL Media’s Michael Silver and Ian Rapoport.

“The former Florida State standout will take home an annual average of $8.25 million over the life of the deal,” Silver writes. “That’s more than any other running back, pending Le’Veon Bell’s anticipated acceptance of a one-year, $12.1 million offer from the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Freeman has rushed for 2,383 yards and 23 touchdowns and caught 157 passes for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns in three seasons with Atlanta, and no other running back has matched his ground production over the last two seasons.

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