Freeman becomes NFL's highest paid RB.
Freeman, who was scheduled to make just $1.79 million this season in the last year of his rookie contract, will now rake in over $8 million annually as part of the 5-year $41.25 million extension.
The 25-year old, 2x pro bowler, is entering his fourth season in the NFL, coming off a 2016 campaign where he led the Falcons with 1,541 yards from scrimmage, including 13 touchdowns.
He released the following statement, via the Atlanta Falcons,
"This is where I've always wanted to be," Freeman said. "I want to thank Mr. Blank, Thomas and Coach (Dan) Quinn for all of their support. I feel extremely blessed, but the work and grind are just beginning."
Freeman and the Falcons will kickoff their first preseason game tomorrow night against the Miami Dolphins
Check out some of the expert reactions to Atlanta's latest move below.
Devonta Freeman and the Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid running back @nflnetwork— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 9, 2017
Details on #Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's new 5-year, $41.25M extension: He gets $22M in guarantees. $26M over three years. $15M to sign.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2017
The Falcons now have their leading rusher, receiver, sack-er, top 2 tacklers, top CB & best OL under contract for 3 or more years. Stacked.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 9, 2017
LaDainian Tomlinson signed for $8 million a year back in 2004. So RBs are essentially back at 2004 levels when cap was around $80M— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) August 9, 2017
Devonta Freeman has the 2nd-most scrimmage yards over the last 2 seasons, trailing only Julio Jones. Freeman was a bargain comparatively. pic.twitter.com/A2tBB9tF9e— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2017
Details on Devonta Freeman's new deal from the Atlanta Falcons: pic.twitter.com/e2Pr7c7JwE— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2017