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Devonta Freeman may retire without more lucrative contract offers

Ian Rapoport says the former Falcons back will “maybe” retire if he doesn’t get paid what he thinks he’s worth.

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Just a few days ago we passed along the news that Devonta Freeman, the former Falcons Pro Bowl running back, passed on a deal with the Seattle Seahawks that could have paid him $4 million in 2020. The popular consensus at the time was Freeman should have taken that deal. Now the Seahawks have signed Carlos Hyde, removing one of the few remaining teams still looking for a veteran running back.

What is Freeman’s plan? Per Ian Rapoport, the plan is to stick to his guns and wait until his price is met, even if that means skipping 2020 or beyond.

Rapsheet tosses around a $5 million price tag but definitely states that Freeman will not get that amount of money this far into free agency. Even $4 million was a little surprising with most teams having rounded out their rosters with a slew of signings after the draft. Most players signed now are hovering around the veteran minimum, but a few big-name players are still out there, including Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen, who will most certainly sign for more than $4 million.

Regardless, it is surprising to see Rapsheet thinks “maybe” Freeman retires, but suggests he will eventually return to the NFL at a lower salary. One may think Freeman’s close relationship with advisor Uncle Luke is to blame, but Mike Silver has said the contract demands come directly from Freeman.

Freeman should want an opportunity to play behind a better offensive line to show he was not just a flash in the pan under Kyle Shanahan. Rapsheet mentions the Philadelphia Eagles as a potential landing spot. Still, Freeman would be a backup likely to earn only backup money. Considering his extensive injury and concussion history, Freeman may not want to take even more NFL punishment for a backup contract.