Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman mentioned in a now-deleted tweet that he is capable of playing another ten years in the NFL and has no plans to retire, despite recent speculation: “I got 10 more years in me. Kill that fake retirement sh-t!! & Btw F all y’all!”
According to Ian Rapoport, while former Falcons RB Devonta Freeman might have retirement as an option on the table, it’s more likely Freeman eventually takes the best offer on the table to play this year.
Rapoport says the Eagles are still a team that’s involved with Freeman but they’re not looking to pay a lot for a veteran running back. Former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is on Philadelphia’s radar as well.
Freeman is reportedly unhappy with the offers he’s received on the market and has said he’s willing skip the 2020 season if he doesn’t receive the kind of offer he’s looking for.
The Seahawks were reportedly offering Freeman a one-year contract worth up to $4 million with a base value of less than $3 million. Freeman declined Seattle’s offer and the Seahawks opted to give the deal to Carlos Hyde instead.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the NFL in 2020 and beyond, the options for veterans on the market have cratered. Freeman might need to wait for an injury during training camp to create a more competitive market for his services.
Freeman, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract when he and the Falcons agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million extension that included $22 million guaranteed.
Freeman stood to make base salaries of $6.5 million and $6.3 million over the next two years of the agreement when the Falcons released him this offseason.
In 2019, Freeman appeared in 14 games and rushed for 656 yards on 184 carries (3.6 YPC) and two touchdowns to go along with 59 receptions for 410 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.