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Devonta Freeman could sit out season without right contract offer

Devonta Freeman, NFL

Devonta Freeman still does not have a home. He remains an NFL free agent after he reportedly declined a one-year, $4 million contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle later turned their attention to Carlos Hyde, who immediately signed for the same offer.

As reported by Michael Silver of NFL.com, Freeman believes that he is worth more than what was offered, and he has insisted his willingness to sit out the season if his salary demands are not met.

Freeman has spent the first six years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He had his breakout season in 2015 when he amassed 1,056 rushing yards and a league-leading 11 rushing touchdowns capped off by an invite to play at the Pro Bowl. His steady production continued well into the following year to help Atlanta reach Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots.

However, his offensive output took a bad turn beginning in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season when a knee injury forced him to miss the next three games. He returned in Week 5 but suffered foot and groin injuries, the latter of which required season-ending surgery.  

Devonta Freeman had a decent campaign in 2019 by rushing for 656 yards, but he only registered two rushing touchdowns in 14 games played. The Falcons released Freeman on March 16, 2020.

The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have also reportedly reached out to Freeman in the past couple of days.

The 28-year old running back has earned over $24 million in his NFL career so far. It will be interesting how Freeman plays his hand this late into free agency.