The 24-year-old is entering the final season of his rookie contract, hoping to be paid like “the elite back he is.” Freeman told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that he has no plans to request a trade as he is confident the team will reward him for his play.
“This is coming out of my mouth: I definitely know I’m going to be playing for the Atlanta Falcons,” Freeman said. “This is the team I want to play for. I’m almost 100 percent for sure business will be taken care of because we’re all in this thing to win and have success.”
Freeman is set to make $1.918 million in 2017, well below the salary of an elite running back. Freeman has put together back-to-back seasons with at least 1,500 total yards and 13 touchdowns, furthering his belief that the Falcons will offer him a big contract.
“When we talk about contract, we know it’s a process,” Freeman said. “We’re not rushing to get anything done or anything like that. It’s something you work hard for and bust your butt for.
“Of course, anybody wants to get rewarded. But me and my team, we definitely understand it’s a process. We understand the cap and the numbers, all the stuff that comes with it.”
While Freeman’s numbers have spoken for themselves, he steadily split touches with Tevin Coleman last season. Depending on how much Coleman is used in the offense next season, Freeman’s value with the Falcons could take a major hit.
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