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REPORT: Devonta Freeman turns down offer from Seahawks

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Former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman may currently be without a team, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have suitors. In fact, according to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Seattle Seahawks have already offered Freeman a contract that he has declined.

Per Caplan, the contract offered to Freeman is a one-year deal worth $4 million. The Seahawks have reportedly been actively looking to increase their depth at RB, as they do not believe Rashad Penny will be healthy at the start of the season.

Freeman, who spent the last six seasons with the Falcons, is apparently asking for more than the Seahawks are offering. Moreover, the two-time Pro Bowler is reportedly also receiving interest from the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

The past two season, Freeman has struggled with injuries and played just a combined 16 games. In 2019, the former fourth-round pick totaled 184 carries for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

The aforementioned injuries have derailed Freeman’s career a bit, as he racked up over 3,100 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns in his second and third seasons combined.

Freeman is one of the top remaining free agents still on the market, but he’s not the only quality running back left out there. The Seahawks know that and the team has apparently also discussed signing free agent back Carlos Hyde who had a career-year for the Houston Texans in 2019.

Statistically, the Seahawks were one of the better rushing teams in the league last year, ranking sixth in the NFL in rushing yards and 12th in yards per rush. However, injuries have hindered the team’s stable of backs, which is why pursuing a free agent like Devonta Freeman on a short-term deal makes sense.