Falcons, Devonta Freeman agree to terms on a five-year contract extension

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ATLANTA-The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with running back Devonta Freeman. The extension pays out $41.25 million.

Freeman was selected in the fourth round, 103rd overall, of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Freeman's run at the top may be short lived, however, as Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell will make $12.1 million once he signs his franchise tag tender.

The deal has a $15 million signing bonus and includes $22 million in guaranteed money.

The team announced the new five-year extension Wednesday, prior to the Falcons leaving town for their first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Thursday.

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Freeman, 25, rushed for 1,079 yards last season with 11 touchdowns as the Falcons reached the Super Bowl only to lose at the hands of the New England Patriots' historic fightback from 28-3 down. He had his breakthrough campaign in 2015, accumulating 1,634 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. In playoff games, he averages over 100 all objective yards and a touchdown per game. Coleman has two years and $1.471 million left on his rookie deal.

Everybody's happy. I'm so excited for him. "I want to thank (owner) Mr. (Arthur) Blank, Thomas and coach (Dan) Quinn for all of their support". He loves the city.

"The former Florida State standout will take home an annual average of $8.25 million over the life of the deal", Silver writes. The organization's been great throughout the process.

"It's time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is", Campbell told Silver at the time. What happens to Tevin Coleman, the other explosive running back on the Atlanta Falcons? The last two seasons, Freeman bounced on the scene by becoming a major threat with his ability to not only run, but also to catch out of the backfield and split out wide as a receiver.

The Falcons running back now has the highest salary for the 2017 National Football League season among running backs, but that could soon change.

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