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Atlanta Falcons likely to cut running back Devonta Freeman this offseason

Devonta Freeman, Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are likely to cut running back Devonta Freeman this offseason, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

There was a time when Freeman was one of the better halfbacks in the NFL. Those days are long gone.

Freeman is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 14 games and rushed for just 656 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry.

The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by the Falcons in the fourth round (103rd pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He had a very limited role during his rookie year, logging 248 yards and a score on the ground, but the following year, Freeman broke out, registering 1,056 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times as a rusher, posting four yards per attempt. In addition, he hauled in 73 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Freeman then posted very similar numbers in 2016, racking up 1,079 yards and 11 scores while tallying 4.8 yards per tote. He also caught 54 passes for 462 yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his second straight Pro Bowl selection.

The Miami native’s production began to drop off in 2017, as he finished with 865 yards and seven touchdowns as a rusher, and then, in 2018, Freeman was limited to just two games due to a groin injury that ultimately required surgery.

Atlanta won seven games and missed the playoffs for the second straight season this past year and does not have a ton of cap room to work with entering free agency, so it would not be the least bit surprising if Freeman does get released.