Devonta Freeman Denies Retirement Rumors: 'Kill That Fake Retirement S--t'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2020

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29:  Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons in action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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As Devonta Freeman remains a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons, he took to Twitter recently to make it clear he had no intention of walking away from football.

"I got 10 more years in me," Freeman tweeted on Monday (h/t ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio). "Kill that fake retirement s--t!! & Btw F all y'all!"

Freeman has since deleted the tweet.

This comes after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided the latest on the veteran running back earlier in the day, mentioning retirement as a possibility:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: Former #Falcons RB Devonta Freeman faces a tough reality for a talented veteran, as the prices have plummeted in an offseason like none other. https://t.co/7LgWqO2kVP

"Still wants big money. Could he actually retire? Maybe," Rapoport said. "Probably more likely is at some point realize just to take what he can get."

Rapoport reported the Philadelphia Eagles as a possible destination for Freeman.

According to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks offered Freeman a contract but he turned it down.

"Freeman believes he is worth more than what was being offered and has insisted he is willing to sit out and skip the season if his number isn't met," Mike Silver of NFL Network reported.

Silver provided more background on the player's mindset:

Michael Silver @MikeSilver

Freeman has invested his money well and saved much of the income he's earned thus far. Financially, he does not have to play. His current mentality is that he won't play if he doesn't get an offer that reflects what he believes his value is. https://t.co/CCfydyL3F8

Freeman was released with three years remaining on his deal, but he has still earned an estimated $24 million in his six-year NFL career, per Spotrac.

The 28-year-old is coming off a disappointing 2019 where he appeared in 14 games but only managed 656 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His 3.6 yards per carry was the lowest mark of his career. Though he added 410 receiving yards and four more scores through the air, it was not up to the standards we've seen from the two-time Pro Bowler.

After missing two games because of a foot sprain last year and 14 games after suffering a hernia in 2018, there are legitimate questions about his production going forward.

Still, Freeman appears willing to hold out for the best deal he can get.