Fans have taken to social media and sports-talk radio shows to weigh in regarding the new 5 year, $41.25 million contract running back Devonta Freeman signed to remain with the Atlanta Falcons early Wednesday morning.
Devonta Freeman went to training camp kept grinding and just trusted the process and was rewarded now he top 3 highest paid RB ✊🏾✊🏾
— Anthony Toler (@Anthonytoler03) August 10, 2017
The former Florida State standout was an unknown running back at Miami Central when Jimbo Fisher offered him a scholarship. He simply helped the Seminoles win the National Championship in 2013 and became the first 1,000 yard rusher since [former Atlanta Falcon] Warrick Dunn.
Here’s the breakdown of the $41.25 million contract:
1. $15 million signing bonus.
2. $1.297 million base salary for 2017.
3. $2 million base salary for 2018.
4. $3.75 million base salary for 2019.
5. $6.5 million base salary for 2020.
6. $6.25 million base salary foe 2021.
7. $8.25 million signing bonus for 2022.
Of those amounts, $17 million is fully guaranteed. The first three years of the deal are guaranteed for injury, at a total of $22 million. Based on the stats provided below, the deal is fair!
Devonta Freeman has the 2nd-most scrimmage yards over the last 2 seasons, trailing only Julio Jones. Freeman was a bargain comparatively. pic.twitter.com/A2tBB9tF9e
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2017
The Atlanta Falcons are tied to Freeman for the first two or three years. After that, the Falcons will have to decide in 2020 whether to pay $6.5 million in 2020, $6.25 million in 2021, and $8.25 million in 2022.
And if you think Devonta Freeman will take his foot off the gas now that he's got his money you don't know the young man's story. Hustler!
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 9, 2017
Omar is right. Expect to see a hungrier, deeply motivated, driven and passionate Devonta on the field. He’s always played the game with a smile on the sideline while he unleashes the inner beast when he steps between those white lines. There should be little doubt regarding if he’s worthy of the money. However, Freeman knows this season will be empty without the Falcons exacting revenge and bringing the Vince Lombardi trophy back to Atlanta.