Where could Devonta Freeman set his home for the 2020 season?
Updated: May 21, 2020
By Kartik Mathur
Freeman is coming off one of his worst seasons as a starter, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry and 46.9 yards per game across 14 total appearances. In 2015 and 2016, he rushed for 2,135 total yards and scoring 27 total touchdowns while being selected for the pro-bowl. Freeman might not be in his prime, but he certainly is still a capable offensive weapon that could help a team.
Devonta Freeman has spent all of his seasons with the Falcons, but it's time to move on now. Freeman rushed for 656 yards with only 2 touchdowns. However he has proved to be an effective pass catcher, as he had 410 receiving yards in 2019.
The Seahawks have offered him a 1 year deal worth $4 million according to Micheal Silver. However, Freeman is looking for more money as he rejected the offer. According to NFL reporter Corbin Smith, Freeman wants $5 million. The Seahawks have always had a run based offense. With Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny both coming of season ending injuries, Seahawks should look to make him their backup. The Seahawks have also been exploring options with Carlos Hyde who is coming of a 1000+ yard season. They do have enough depth at the running back position with Travis Homer and newly drafted Deejay Dallas, but adding experience would be better. Marshawn Lynch can be another option as the fans would love it as well, but will he be effective enough?
While the Eagles have shown interest in Freeman, they already have their No. 1 running back Miles Sanders. The 2019 second-round pick had 1,327 scrimmage yards last year, setting an Eagles rookie record. If the former Falcon is looking for a decent contract when it comes to his base salary, the eagles have he 4th most cap space. However according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, Carlos Hyde could be a better option for the Eagles.
New York Jets
The Jets recently signed veteran Frank Gore to a one-year, $1.05 million contract. Gore is expected to join a backfield consisting of both Le’Veon Bell and fourth-round rookie La’Mical Perine. The Jets already have 2 dynamic veterans in the backfield, but are still exploring options with Devonta Freeman. It just wouldn't make sense though. If they do sign him, it would be a fairly odd time as they recently signed Frank Gore. Frank could be possible released as the Jets have always preferred a quick past catching running back.
We'll have to wait and see, but the Seahawks need him the most and are the logical destination.