Falcons say they will not trade Tevin Coleman

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The Falcons made a major commitment to running back Devonta Freeman when they signed him to a five-year, $41.25 million contract last year. But that doesn’t mean they don’t also have big plans for their backup running back.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that running back Tevin Coleman is a major part of the team’s plans, and if someone calls with a request to trade for Coleman, it will be a short conversation.

“We are not considering trading Tevin Coleman, period,” Dimitroff said on 92.9 The Game. “He’s an important part of this organization. And our focus is on this upcoming year, and trade is not in our thought process.”

Dimitroff said last month that he could see Coleman sign a contract extension with the Falcons. With Coleman heading into the final year of his rookie contract, that seems like a long shot, as Coleman will likely want to get paid like a top-tier starter, and it seems unlikely that the Falcons would fit two top-tier starters’ contracts under their salary cap. But for at least another year, the Falcons want both running backs.

21 responses to “Falcons say they will not trade Tevin Coleman

  1. Watching that super bowl a couple years ago, when Coleman went down with an injury, the Patriots started the comeback. The Falcons were a different team. I’ve always thought Coleman was their best RB, and that’s saying something.

  2. dlw492 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Dude won’t retire with the Falcons, but he’ll be there this year..
    He’s a top 10 back, runs really hard..

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    Freeman barely scratches the top 10 surface and he’s clearly the better back between the two what are you talking about?

  3. I could see why the falcons wouldnt want to trade him. With freemans smaller size and aggressive playing style, there’s no way I would get rid of Coleman. I could see Coleman wanting a bigger payday and a chance to start elsewhere after next season though.

  4. Elliot #21
    Bell #26
    Johnson #31
    Gurley #20
    Gordon #28
    Freeman #24
    Marshawn #24
    Fournette #27
    Howard #24

    That’s 9 running backs
    Tevin #26 would make the top 10 for sure

    Not even mentioning
    Kamara, Ingram, or Dalvin Cook

    Dude won’t retire with the Falcons, but he’ll be there this year..
    He’s a top 10 back, runs really hard..

    _________________

    Freeman barely scratches the top 10 surface and he’s clearly the better back between the two what are you talking about?

  5. Elliot #21
    Bell #26
    Johnson #31
    Gurley #20
    Gordon #28
    Freeman #24
    Marshawn #24
    Fournette #27
    Howard #24

    That’s 9 running backs
    Tevin #26 would make the top 10 for sure

    Not even mentioning
    Kamara, Ingram, or Dalvin Cook

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    ANY top 10 rb list without Shady McCoy is pure blasphemy. C’mon now let’s get it together.

  6. dlw492 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Elliot #21
    Bell #26
    Johnson #31
    Gurley #20
    Gordon #28
    Freeman #24
    Marshawn #24
    Fournette #27
    Howard #24

    That’s 9 running backs
    Tevin #26 would make the top 10 for sure

    Not even mentioning
    Kamara, Ingram, or Dalvin Cook

    Dude won’t retire with the Falcons, but he’ll be there this year..
    He’s a top 10 back, runs really hard..

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    Kamara on his worst day is better than Coleman. You also forgot to include Shady McCoy and Kareem Hunt. Those are just the obvious backs ahead of him. You can even make an argument for Alex Collins and Mark Ingram.

    No way can you put Coleman in the discussion. He’s not even a 3 down back. His reached his career high in rushing yards this year… a whopping 628 yards!

  7. If you don’t watch the Falcons you don’t know how good Coleman is. He’s the best RB on that team due to his versatility and ability in the passing game. They could replace Freeman much more easily than Coleman. Not all RBs can catch and block in addition to running.

  8. Hunt, Gurley, Bell, Johnson, Ingrham, shady, Elliot, Cook, Howard, Fournette, Freeman, Gordon

    That’s 12…not even discussing Ajayi, Lynch, Anderson, Murray, Hyde, Kamara…all of which are comparable to Coleman.

    So, him as a top 10 just isn’t correct. So that’s that. I’d put him around 13-15. Which is still impressive but he ain’t getting a big contract to be a backup. Why do guys say such things?

  9. Why do GMs say stuff like this? If a team came an offered a 1st round pick for a running back with one year left that they won’t re-sign, it would take all of 5 seconds to say yes.

  10. Coleman is def a top 10 back on the falcons team… a top 2 back even! And an important enough part of their attack to where I wouldn’t be moving him right now. In the NFL rankings though, he is in the 10-20 range at BEST.

    Lol at the guy above who listed 9 rb’s without McCoy, and the made a not to mention list of 3 more backs without McCoy also.

  11. jluckow says:
    February 26, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Why do GMs say stuff like this? If a team came an offered a 1st round pick for a running back with one year left that they won’t re-sign, it would take all of 5 seconds to say yes
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    Very true, but I think they left out improbable scenarios. If God Almighty descended to Earth with a chorus of angels and demanded Coleman be traded for a fourth rounder, he would also be traded (probably).

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