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Devonta Freeman’s people have a flair for the dramatic

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You have to give it to the people around Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, they know how to keep his name in the news.

It started the week of the Super Bowl, when his agent Kristin Campbell stoked the flames by saying “It’s time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is.”

But with the Falcons doing other business this week before working on an extension for their star running back, Campbell’s husband — rapper/First Amendment pioneer/Devonta’s Pop Warner coach Luther Campbell — added to the talk on Twitter.

Uncle Luke has since backed off, joking on Twitter that he’s been “put on timeout” and can’t talk about the Falcons any more “unless you have a place for me to stay.”

But as noted by Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this sets the stage for a potentially sticky negotiation.

Of course Freeman is underpaid, even after his fourth-year rookie deal salary bumped to $1.838 million. And the Falcons have said they want to do right by the guy who has 27 touchdowns the last two seasons while splitting time with Tevin Coleman.

But those around him keep stirring the pot at unusual times and suggesting the deal’s not going to get done probably aren’t helping the case they think they’re advocating for.

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9 Responses to “Devonta Freeman’s people have a flair for the dramatic”
  1. free2speakoften says: Mar 10, 2017 7:30 AM

    Wouldn’t an agent want the Falcons to wait until the new market is set by free agents?

  2. selgaeinla says: Mar 10, 2017 8:11 AM

    Freeman should be paying the Falcons after missing that blitz pickup in the Super Bowl that gave the Pats a TD.

  3. zoneread510 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:20 AM

    Maybe Luther Campbell should have taught him how to block.

  4. xsm941f says: Mar 10, 2017 8:25 AM

    His agents are the Campbells. You can’t make that up. Nuff said. Devonte you are a fool.

  5. wrongowright says: Mar 10, 2017 8:37 AM

    If he wants the big money, he should play a big money position. He isn’t a three down bell cow back. He’ll get a good offer when it is his turn, but not quarterback or cornerback money.

  6. pastabelly says: Mar 10, 2017 8:40 AM

    Right now, they have Freeman for one year at $1.9 million and Coleman for two years at less than a $1 million per year. They have two years to choose which one they will keep going forward. They could keep them both for the next two years if they franchise Freeman in 2018. That’s what I’d do.

  7. snowdood163 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:13 AM

    When will these brain dead Neanderthals learn if you just produce and keep your idiotic mouth shut, the team will take care of you.

  8. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Mar 10, 2017 10:26 AM

    Learn to block scrub. You started the downfall that lost you the Super Bowl.

  9. nyctraffic says: Mar 10, 2017 2:54 PM

    Let him go. Will never forgive this guy for the missed block. If Tevin Coleman hadn’t gotten hurt on the previous play, he makes that block, and we probably win the Super Bowl.

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