Devonta Freeman Says Free Agency Has Been 'Kind of Slow' Amid Pandemic

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2020

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. The Falcons won the game 28-22 in overtime. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Free-agent running back Devonta Freeman said his free agency has been "kind of slow" because of the coronavirus pandemic but expects to sign with a team in the near future.

"I have been keeping in contact with teams, through coaches and stuff that I know around the league," Freeman said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "As of now, I'm being patient and waiting for the right opportunity, the right fit, the right scheme. Soon as it comes, hopefully in the next couple of weeks or whenever it may be, I'll be ready to go." 

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Freeman spent his first six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and is coming off a frustrating 2019 campaign. The two-time Pro Bowler rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry, and added 59 receptions for 410 yards.

The Falcons released Freeman in March, and he's not been able to have workouts with teams because of the pandemic. Freeman said he wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender he feels he can put over the top.

"The main thing is being with guys that believe in me and can see what I see because I want to win. I want to win so bad," Freeman said. "I want to be around guys that want to win. I want to be around a bunch of winners. You don't have to be the best, but if you got that dog mentality and want to win, we can deal with that. I want to be around guys who want to be great—even if they're not great."

Freeman may have to wait until a team suffers an injury in camp at this rate. The Seattle Seahawks reportedly offered him a one-year contract in May but signed Carlos Hyde later that month. With most running back depth charts set, Freeman's opportunity will likely come from someone else's misfortune.