Falcons officially release RB Devonta Freeman
The Falcons announced that they will be parting ways with Freeman and will allow him to explore free agency, via Twitter:
“Certainly would like to thank Devonta for six great years with our organization,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “He’s been a solid member of our team, both on and off the field.”
The move to release Freeman hardly came as a surprise. The Falcons had tendered running back Brian Hill and have managed to shore up some depth in the backfield with Qadree Ollison and Ito Smith. As a result, the team opted to shore up cap space wherever they could by ridding themselves of his lucrative deal.
Freeman still has three years and $21 million remaining on his current contract. The move helps Atlanta shored up $3.5 million in cap space, however, it still leaves $6 million in dead money. Regardless, the team has still been hesitant pay their players after parting ways with tight end Austin Hooper and offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo.
Freeman should have no problem garnering interest on the market from teams around the league. He has established himself as one of the most versatile running backs in the league with his skill set as a runner and pass-catcher out of the backfield. Furthermore, his nose for the end zone makes him one of the more intriguing options at his position.
Of course, it will be interesting to see what Freeman’s price tag will be this offseason.