“It’s time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is,” Campbell told NFL.com. “I expect them to make him a priority this offseason, as he’s been an integral part of the dynamic offense that has gotten them to the Super Bowl.”
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told NFL.com they would like to keep Freeman in Atlanta for “a long time.”
“We’re extremely encouraged by Devonta, as a player and a person on this team,” Dimitroff said. “And people like Devonta are the guys we want to be here for a long time. As we will with a number of our players, we’ll address (his contract situation) after the season.”
Freeman said wants to be with the Falcons “forever” and wouldn’t want to play for another team.
“I hope so, because I want to be with the Falcons forever,” Freeman said. “I don’t want to be anywhere else. I don’t want to jump from team to team. I want to be like a Ray Lewis or a Tom Brady and spend my whole career with one team.
“I would love to get it done, cause I’m comfortable here. It’s family. I love the fans, the atmosphere, the organization, the community, the place where I stay, Lenox Mall … it feels like home.”
Freeman, 24, is a former fourth-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Freeman appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons and rushed for 1,079 yards on 227 carries (4.8 YPC) to go along with 54 receptions for 462 yards receiving and 13 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 running back out of 62 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new contract for Freeman as the news is available.