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Devonta Freeman Reportedly Expected to Sign Atlanta Falcons Contract Extension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons and running back Devonta Freeman are reportedly nearing a contract extension. 

ESPN's Dianna Russini reported the Falcons are "confident" Freeman's new deal will be done by the first week of training camp, which is set to begin on July 27 for veterans.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2013, Freeman is entering the final season of his rookie contract that will pay him $1.79 million, per Spotrac

Freeman and the Falcons have reportedly been in negotiations for a new deal throughout the offseason. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told reporters on Feb. 7 the two sides were in a "good space" after a meeting with Freeman's agents. 

After the Falcons' minicamp concluded on June 15, Freeman told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had the "feeling when you know something special is coming and you’re about to be blessed."

The two-time Pro Bowler is an integral part of Atlanta's explosive offense. Freeman has broken the 1,000-yard rushing barrier each of the last two seasons and has 127 receptions during that span. 

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