Report: Falcons make Freeman highest-paid RB with 5-year extension

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year extension with running back Devonta Freeman. The deal will reportedly make him the NFL’s highest-paid running back.

During his three seasons with the Falcons, Freeman has rushed for 2,383 yards, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2015 and 2016.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get this extension done,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said in a release. “Devonta embodies everything we are looking for in a Falcon, and we are proud that he’ll be able to spend his career here in Atlanta.”

Last season, Freeman racked up 1,541 total yards, which ranked him seventh in the NFL, and 13 total touchdowns. He earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection with those numbers.

“This is where I’ve always wanted to be,” Freeman said. “I want to thank Mr. Blank, Thomas and Coach Quinn for all of their support. I feel extremely blessed, but the work and grind are just beginning.”

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