Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman wants to “Leave a Legacy”

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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wants a new contract, but said he has no plans to hold out and even intends to “Leave a legacy” with his play

On Tuesday Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman took some time to discuss a few issues in advance of the 2017 NFL season. The most pressing of course is his current contract situation. The leading back for Atlanta is in the final season of his rookie deal and believes he’s worth more than the $1,797,000 he will earn this year. For the record, he’s right.

The good news is that Freeman has no intentions of holding out. He believes things will take care of themselves if he continues to work hard. Even better than that, Freeman isn’t solely focused on cashing in, but wants to “leave a legacy” with the way he plays for the Falcons.

"“I love football. I love to compete. It doesn’t matter about what I did last year, how many Pro Bowls I got, a thousand yards.” Freeman said in an interview per Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “I want to do it again and even get better, hopefully one day be a Hall of Famer. I want to leave a legacy. And holding out, that’s not going to leave a legacy, because if I hold out, I’m behind. I don’t want to be behind. I want to gain.”"

The Falcons agree that things will take care of themselves as general manager Thomas Dimitroff has said on more than one occasion that the team plans on getting things done with Freeman. Even the owner of the team came out and said that the punishing runner is in the future plans for this franchise.

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Look for a deal to be done sooner rather than later. Freeman deserves to get paid, and once the business side is done he will be able to keep working on that legacy he’s building.