The Atlanta Falcons have the best running back duo in professional football. There’s no denying the talent Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman possess. But we can’t ignore Patrick DiMarco in this conversation. He’s personally created countless holes both Freeman and Coleman have exploited.
But will the Falcons be able to re-sign DiMarco? The talented Vaughn McClure wrote about this yesterday. It looks like DiMarco wants to be an Atlanta Falcon going forward. That said, he’ll explore other options, if need be.
"I’m kind of unsure of what’s going to happen,” DiMarco said. “The Falcons are going to be good here for a while, and I would love to be a part of it. But it’s a business. Essentially I’ve got to do what’s best for my family and my career. Hopefully the numbers can work out and we can get a deal because Atlanta is a special place. But it’s a business.”
Dimarco also makes some interesting comments about the death of the NFL fullback, so make sure you ready McClure’s article in its entirety.
This obviously comes down to money. If DiMarco is willing to accept a nominal raise in exchange for an opportunity to remain a member of the league’s best offense, this could work out. In fact, by sticking with the Falcons, DiMarco would probably lengthen his career.
In 2017 DiMarco made almost $900,000. (That figure includes a $37,500 signing bonus and a $100,000 roster bonus.) I could see the Falcons paying him slightly more in 2017, maybe $1.25 million, but not much more. They certainly won’t be paying him Anthony Sherman money.