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With Desmond Trufant done, Falcons can turn to Devonta Freeman

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Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff called a new contract for cornerback Desmond Trufant his top priority this offseason, and that contract got done on Saturday. Now it’s time for priority No. 2: A new deal for running back Devonta Freeman.

Dimitroff indicated last month that the Freeman deal could get done by the start of training camp.

We will address this,” Dimitroff said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp. I’m throwing that out there as a general timeline. I don’t know when that exactly will be, but I’m confident that something can get wrapped up and he’s going to be part of us for years to come.”

Freeman’s agent says he wants to be paid “like the elite back he is,” and it’s possible Freeman and the Falcons will disagree on just how much an elite back deserves to get paid. After all, the running back market has been weak in the NFL this year, and the Falcons already have Tevin Coleman in place if Freeman were to walk after his contract expires following the 2017 season.

But the Falcons sound like they’re willing to pay Freeman something substantially more than the $1.8 million he’s due in 2017. Which would allow them to keep another important piece of the 2017 NFC champions in place.

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23 Responses to “With Desmond Trufant done, Falcons can turn to Devonta Freeman”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:14 PM

    falcons ready for cap hell

    if dimitrioff was smart he would deal either
    freeman or the other rb

    can’t big money to the rb position and expect not
    to enter cap hell

  2. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:24 PM

    I think you cut loose the guy who missed a block that ultimately cost you a Super Bowl championship.

  3. highfaluentinflatuency says: Apr 9, 2017 12:30 PM

    One year is a lifetime for backs, especially ones that are getting as work as Freeman. I wouldn’t do a deal now.

  4. patfic5 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:44 PM

    Yes. PLEASE overpay for the most rotatable position in the league. Elite. Lol.

  5. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 1:16 PM

    falcons ready for cap hell

    if dimitrioff was smart he would deal either
    freeman or the other rb

    can’t big money to the rb position and expect not
    to enter cap hell

    ****

    The patsies are finished next year when belicheat’s system gets exposed.

  6. thun2der says: Apr 9, 2017 1:28 PM

    Haha! Wib are you 16 yrs old? Child

  7. jackedupboonie says: Apr 9, 2017 1:48 PM

    That division is too competitive . Hello 9-7

  8. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 2:05 PM

    Haha! Wib are you 16 yrs old? Child

    ****

    No. Just using facts for a team that has been caught with spycams and deflated footballs.

  9. One for the other thumb says: Apr 9, 2017 3:21 PM

    If the Pats got caught using deflated footballs then why did the NFL Lawyer tell the judge they had no proof tampering happened?

  10. atldirtybird1 says: Apr 9, 2017 3:30 PM

    Man, I love Free but……. can’t pay everyone. I know as a Falcons fan our roster has been pretty much bogus forever but recently we’ve been drafting much better and have a fairly nice squad now. I’m hoping Dimitroff realizes that we can’t pay every good player. I love Free but if he wants too much money he can kick rocks. We have Coleman and can draft a much cheaper replacement even if he’s only 70% of Devonta. I support the red and black and what’s best for the team.

  11. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 3:30 PM

    If the Pats got caught using deflated footballs then why did the NFL Lawyer tell the judge they had no proof tampering happened?

    ****
    They did, kraft just paid goodell off.

  12. jamarcuslives says: Apr 9, 2017 3:49 PM

    I think you cut loose the guy who missed a block that ultimately cost you a Super Bowl championship.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    No need to do that. The guy who made that idiotic play call is already gone.

  13. gmen5280 says: Apr 9, 2017 4:33 PM

    Finally Freeman can put food on the table of the 47 people he needs to support. It was nothing short of a miracle he was able to survive on a $2.7Mil rookie contract.

  14. liveovercome says: Apr 9, 2017 4:47 PM

    To not pay Freeman would be the beginning of the end for this Falcon era and what a shame it would be because they could go to multiple SBs.

    Freeman making blocks or not is one of the main reasons the Falcons even played in a Super Bowl so give it a rest.

  15. ibillwt says: Apr 9, 2017 5:04 PM

    The patsies are finished next year when belicheat’s system gets exposed.
    ————————————–
    I’ll save you a year waiting:
    1. Be born a really smart guy.
    2. Eat, breath, and sleep football for 60+ years such that you know far more about than anyone on the planet.
    3. Never take anything for granted; keep busting your butt outworking the competition every single year because to the 31 other guys it is work, but to you it’s joy and fulfillment.

  16. vikeyvike says: Apr 9, 2017 5:45 PM

    Devonta Freeman is not an elite back.
    Elite backs block sometimes.

  17. laserw says: Apr 9, 2017 6:48 PM

    Since Devontae is a loud-mouthed whiner, I hope the Falcons give him a 2 for $2.50 from McDonald’s and a can of his favorite soda (served at room temperature).

    And, yes, I spelled his name correctly.

  18. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:50 PM

    I’ll save you a year waiting:
    1. Be born a really smart guy.
    2. Eat, breath, and sleep football for 60+ years such that you know far more about than anyone on the planet.
    3. Never take anything for granted; keep busting your butt outworking the competition every single year because to the 31 other guys it is work, but to you it’s joy and fulfillment.

    ***

    THEY TAPED 40 TEAMS FROM 2000-07.

    THAT’S CHEATING!

  19. ibillwt says: Apr 9, 2017 8:54 PM

    I’ll save you a year waiting:
    1. Be born a really smart guy.
    2. Eat, breath, and sleep football for 60+ years such that you know far more about than anyone on the planet.
    3. Never take anything for granted; keep busting your butt outworking the competition every single year because to the 31 other guys it is work, but to you it’s joy and fulfillment.

    ***

    THEY TAPED 40 TEAMS FROM 2000-07.

    THAT’S CHEATING!
    ———————————————
    4. Forgot #4: NEVER, EVER make excuses – the indelible, disgraceful mark of the loser and antithesis of the Champion.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 9, 2017 9:03 PM

    “They did, kraft just paid goodell off.”

    Or you know, you’re just proving you’re poorly educated and can’t pass 5th grade science.

    “THEY TAPED 40 TEAMS FROM 2000-07.

    THAT’S CHEATING!”

    Actually its not cheating to tape the other teams, only from the sidelines and only for the one game in 2007 after the rules change prohibiting it from the sideline.

    You also show with that comment you know very little about the game itself.

  21. ak185 says: Apr 10, 2017 7:24 AM

    Why does the greatest team to ever play have to video tape the Jets’ signals, anyway? For seven years?

  22. nyneal says: Apr 10, 2017 10:21 AM

    ak185 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 7:24 AM
    Why does the greatest team to ever play have to video tape the Jets’ signals, anyway? For seven years?

    ________________________________________

    The Packers are the greatest team in NFL history and they did not tape the Jets signals.

  23. wildfan13 says: Apr 10, 2017 10:44 AM

    Cap hell will come sooner rather than later. Matt Ryan is a $23.75 mill cap hit this year. Julio is a $14 mill hit, Mack $9 mill and now Trufant at $8 mill. That’s about 30% of the total cap. They have a lot of young guys but the Superbowl window with Ryan/Julio combo could be very tight.

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