By Knox Bardeen

After two consecutive seasons of rushing for greater than 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, running back Devonta Freeman was rewarded with a contract extension from the Atlanta Falcons.

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.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get this extension done,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said via a press release. “Devonta embodies everything we are looking for in a Falcon, and we are proud that he’ll be able to spend his career here in Atlanta.”

In his three-year career, Freeman has rushed for 2,383 yards and 23 scores on the ground and hauled in 157 passes for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns.

NFL network analyst Mike Silver was the first to report the new contract and financial particulars.

Silver later shared the terms of the reported five-year, $41.25 million extension.

“This is where I’ve always wanted to be,” Freeman said through a release. “I want to thank Mr. Blank, Thomas and Coach Quinn for all of their support. I feel extremely blessed, but the work and grind are just beginning.”


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