RUMOR: Retirement unlikely for Devonta Freeman despite preferred free agency offer
Devonta Freeman was cut by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason and is having considerable difficulty finding a new home.
Does that mean the running back’s NFL career is over? Not necessarily.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that while Freeman has not gotten any offers that match his asking price, he is more likely to eventually take what he can get rather than just retire.
Rapoport brings up Carlos Hyde, who recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a cheap one-year deal, as an example that Freeman may follow. He mentions the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been in the market for a veteran halfback, as a possible suitor.
Devonta Freeman spent the first six years of his career with the Falcons and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 14 games and registered 656 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging 3.6 yards per carry. In addition, he caught 59 passes for 410 yards and four scores.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round (103rd pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
By his second season, Freeman was already a Pro Bowler after racking up 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground while hauling in 73 receptions for 578 yards and three scores.
He made another Pro Bowl appearance the following year after totaling 1,079 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times as a rusher. He also snared 54 balls for 462 yards and two touchdowns.
Since then, injuries have derailed Freeman’s career, as he has not tallied 1,000 yards since.