Devonta Freeman makes it clear he’s not retiring

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As former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman waits for the kind of contract that simply won’t be available to a 28-year-old running back who has missed 16 games over the past two seasons due to injury and who hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2016, there have been reports and rumors that he’ll take a year off from the game or possibly even retire.

On Monday evening, Freeman tweeted a special, heartfelt Memorial Day message: “I got 10 more years in me. Kill that fake retirement sh-t!! & Btw F all y’all!”

He deleted the message, but likely not because he changed his mind about playing 10 more years or that he doesn’t want that “fake retirement sh-t” to be killed. He probably realized that the “F all y’all” was a little over the top.

The fact remains that the market doesn’t match Freeman’s expectations, or the kind of money to which he’s become accustomed. Not many running backs make big money anymore; Freeman’s best option at this point is to take the best deal he can find, become part of a rotation, and hope to extend his career by not being overused.

Ultimately, he needs to ask himself whether it’s worth it, based on what he has made, what he has saved, and whether he wants to go through the grind of preparing for a season and playing a season for the money he’s being offered. That’s a decision that only Freeman can make, and it’s a decision that for most running backs becomes inevitable.

32 responses to “Devonta Freeman makes it clear he’s not retiring

  1. It’s not his decision at some point. While he has great value and could be signed with a team right now, it’s for much less money than he will ever get again. The Apex of his career is passed & his goal now is to keep the backside curve much more gradual down then the rise up, was.

  2. Glad the Hawks didn’t sign him. Welcome Carlos Hyde!
    Is Freeman getting advice from Le’Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon?

  3. The defining moment of Freeman’s career is when he missed his block, in SB LI, that allowed Hightower to strip the ball from Matt Ryan. Whenever his name is mentioned, that is the very first thing everyone thinks about.

  4. Mike it seems like your taking it personal that he replied to your earlier story that retirement is a possibility. I’m surprised that story was written here, even after the day before it was pretty clear that he got so much money from the Falcons, that if your going to offer him anything less than a top 15 veteran rb that it’s not worth the wear on his body. I get it, He doesn’t need the money but you can tell he still loves the game because he stated he would take a year off if needed. I just thank my football gods that ATL didn’t trade Devonta Freeman with that production and that contract to us at the deadline!

  5. Looks like his comments were direct at all the unbiased, un opinionated, unknowledgeable writers out there

  6. If a news outlet or anyone else publicly speculated about my retirement, I’d respond the exact same way.

  7. Dude has to get real. He’s not a feature RB anymore. He’s part of a RBBC. There’s no shame in that. There are very few feature Backs in the league, mostly young and in their primes, but at some point they to will have to swallow their pride and make the transition to RBBC. The thing is, when you reach that stage and Freeman is definitely there now, it’s delusional to expect franchise RB money and/or years.

  8. 10 years? I don’t think most runningbacks have 10 years in them to start with

  9. Yeah, just like Kaepernick makes it clear he’s not retiring. He’s retiring himself and can’t see it.

  10. When will these RBs realize they are disposable. Make as much cash as you can while you have your health, then get out. Stop holding out for big money, as it’s not coming. After the Todd Gurley and Leveon Bell fiascoes, teams have mostly learned their lessons about signing RBs to big-money contracts.

    These days, it’s all about having a good O-line, great WRs, a good QB and a few decent RBs to share the load. The era of the dominant RBs, like Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Eddie George and Barry Sanders, is over (for now).

    Take a few million a year and enjoy haring the rock (and the beating) with a few other backs.

  11. He was offered 4 million from the Seahawks. However, what I haven’t seen is the breakdown between guaranteed money, salary and incentives. If its 1, 1 and 2, and he is a RBBC, he most likely only makes 2 million, which makes his holdout more sense.

  12. Would anyone care if he retired? His best years are gone and he should be thankful if he gets even a modest contract offer.

  13. After that tweet you got more like 10 days left in you not 10 years. What is with these players that are sitting out for more money after average seasons? Dak, Freeman, Clowney etcc Players thinking well the cap is going up every year So Pay Me!
    Just wow, let them all sit out forever while turning down millions Only to realize that the NFL minimum wage is a HEALL of a lot better the the real worlds minimum wage.

  14. It is usually slow at this point of the offseason and 100x slower w/COVID. But how about we just report when he actually signs w/a team and is relevant in the grand scheme of things. Not when he is lashing out like spoiled child not getting his way. Who really care about this guy anyway.

  15. He could play in Miami. No way Matt Brieda lasts longer than five tackles and Jordan Howard past 6 games.

  16. I’ve been watching the lions for 60+ years!! How can you be a fan of one of the most pathetic organizations in all of sports!! The Ford family puts a losing team out there and they keep buying into them. And they’re making millions off of that pathetic team!!!

  17. Freeman needs to swallow his pride and sign in Tampa on a 1yr deal at $2m-$3m. He plays a position that’s very replaceable with younger and cheaper players, so it’s time to be real and take less to win.

  18. Take the 1.5 million and come play with the eagles sanders and freeman great 1-2 punch

  19. You’ll get another contract Devonta, my advise would be to invest that money wisely.

  20. When you run your mouth or makes demands it’s not always your choice when you retire from this game Devonta, remember Kaep!

    SEE YA!

  21. Justin Cupler says:
    May 26, 2020 at 4:02 am
    When will these RBs realize they are disposable. Make as much cash as you can while you have your health, then get out. Stop holding out for big money, as it’s not coming. After the Todd Gurley and Leveon Bell fiascoes, teams have mostly learned their lessons about signing RBs to big-money contracts.

    These days, it’s all about having a good O-line, great WRs, a good QB and a few decent RBs to share the load. The era of the dominant RBs, like Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Eddie George and Barry Sanders, is over (for now).

    Take a few million a year and enjoy haring the rock (and the beating) with a few other back.
    …………………………………
    You lost all credibility when you mentioned Jerome Bettis.

  22. You B. Crazy says:
    May 26, 2020 at 10:23 am
    Freeman needs to swallow his pride and sign in Tampa on a 1yr deal at $2m-$3m. He plays a position that’s very replaceable with younger and cheaper players, so it’s time to be real and take less to win.
    ______________________________

    Especially when they’re a mediocre RB as Devonta is, ERRR I meant was!

    Freeman only had 2 mediocre seasons(YES just over 1000yd in a 16 game season is mediocre) and that was long ago as the NFL goes, remember it’s the “what have you done lately” league! And all Freeman can say is “not much”.

    BTW with all that anger he sounds like a man who’s nearly broke and can’t find a job!

  23. Let’s start with, when was Devonta Freeman ever that good of a running back.

    okay, he well-timed 2 years in the ATL when his contract was coming up and the team was loaded with offensive weapons and another quality RB…but he never moved the needle on the “really good” never mind “great” scale.

    Freeman is like hundreds of running backs that cycle through the NFL. At best they have 2-3 peak seasons where they’re on the + side of being productive; the rest of their career is being a low cap cost, injury replacement veteran whom if he gets some carries once a month might provide a short bit of juice to the team. That’s where Freeman is.

    Dear Mr. Freeman. I doesn’t come across that you took advantage, at all, of Florida State Universities ability to provide you with a high enough level of education to do much else beyond manual labor after football. A few words of advice. Play nice, very nice, in the NFL; stick around as long as you can as you’ll never sniff (not within $1M) your lowest salary in the NFL out in the real world.

  24. 1000 yds was the yard stick in 10 game seasons. Now it would be 1600 yds.. to reach a 1000 yds today is 62.5 yds per game definitely mediocre

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