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Devonta Freeman says he is choosing between four teams

Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman has been very picky about his free agent landing spot, but it appears he has options if and when he wants one.

Freeman told NFL reporter Josina Anderson that he is ready to play, and is being pursued by four unnamed teams.

We don’t know the teams that Freeman is looking at. We do know who he’s turned down. He had the chance to play for the Seattle Seahawks, but rejected it, which seemingly led to his agent dropping him. Freeman also passed on another opportunity more recently.

Freeman ran for 656 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Atlanta Falcons. The 28-year-old has made it clear that he wants what he considers a fair offer to sign anywhere.

Devonta Freeman, Jaguars unable to reach contract agreement

Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, but the veteran running back left a free agent.

Freeman and the Jaguars were unable to come to an agreement on a contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. It’s unclear if the two sides will continue to negotiate or if Freeman has any other visits lined up in advance of the start of the regular season.

Freeman was cut by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason. He turned down a contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks and was subsequently dropped by his agent, Kristin Campbell. The 28-year-old then signed with Drew Rosenhaus, and his visit with the Jaguars was his first known free agent visit since switching agents.

Freeman rushed for 656 yards on 184 carries and had two touchdowns last season. He also caught 59 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.

There was some talk that Freeman might retire if he did not get a contract offer to his liking, but he disputed that.

Devonta Freeman visits with Jaguars

Devonta Freeman

Leonard Fournette is out, but could Devonta Freeman be in?

Freeman, a free agent running back, is visiting with the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was cut by the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the offseason and has not signed with another team. Freeman turned down a contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks and was dropped by his agent as a result.

Freeman signed with Drew Rosenhaus after being dropped by Kristin Campbell. This is his first known free agent visit since making the change.

Freeman rushed for 656 yards on 184 carries and had two touchdowns last season. He also caught 59 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.

There was some talk that Freeman might retire if he did not get a contract offer to his liking, but he disputed that.

Devonta Freeman changes agents to Drew Rosenhaus

Devonta Freeman has switched agents to Drew Rosenhaus as he looks to continue his NFL career.

Freeman was released by the Atlanta Falcons in March and has gone unsigned since then. He reportedly was willing to sit out the season if he did not get the contract he was seeking, which is where Rosenhaus comes in.

“We want to work out a deal in the immediate future, and we are open to any team,” Rosenhaus said via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “He’s healthy, he’s in shape, and I’m on a mission to have him give a team a lift in late July.”

The 28-year-old running back was dropped by his previous agent in May. The move may have had to do with Freeman turning down a contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks.

Freeman rushed for just 656 yards on a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. A fourth-round pick by the Falcons in 2014, he has spent his entire career with Atlanta.

Devonta Freeman dropped by agent after turning down contract offer

Devonta Freeman may have some unrealistic expectations for himself this offseason coming off a rough year, and the veteran running back now needs a new agent.

Michael Silver of NFL.com reports that Freeman’s agent, Kristin Campbell, has terminated her relationship with the 28-year-old. Campbell negotiated Freeman’s last contract with the Atlanta Falcons, which was a four-year, $41.25 million extension.

The Seattle Seahawks made Freeman an offer back in May, and it’s possible Campbell felt that was a fair deal that the two-time Pro Bowler should have taken. Freeman turned it down and the Seahawks signed Carlos Hyde. There have since been reports that Freeman is willing to sit out the 2020 season if he doesn’t get an offer he deems fair.

Freeman struggled last season, rushing for just 656 yards and averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry. We know at least one team that would be interested in him at the right price, but it appears that price has been too high all offseason.

Bruce Arians says Bucs would have interest in Devonta Freeman at right price

Devonta Freeman remains a free agent as training camp draws nearer, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are another team that might have interest in signing the veteran running back if the price comes down.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked on Thursday about the possibility of signing Freeman, and he said the former Atlanta Falcons star is asking for too much money at the moment. Arians indicated that Tampa would consider adding Freeman if he dropped his asking price.

Freeman seems to value himself more highly than teams around the league. The Seattle Seahawks wanted to sign him at one point, but Freeman demanded a certain amount of money from them and was unwilling to budge. The Seahawks pivoted and signed Carlos Hyde.

Freeman has aggressively shot down rumors that he might retire, but there have been rumblings that he is willing to sit out the 2020 season if he doesn’t get the offer he’s looking for. After a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry, Freeman may need to temper his expectations quite a bit if he wants to keep playing.

Devonta Freeman fires back at suggestion that he may retire

Devonta Freeman remains without an NFL contract, but that does not mean that he will just be riding off into the sunset.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggested on Monday that the former Pro Bowl running back could “maybe” retire if he does not get the offer that he wants.

Freeman appeared to respond to the remarks in a post to his Twitter page.

“I got 10 more years in me,” he wrote in the now-deleted tweet. “Kill that fake retirement s–t. & Btw F all y’all!”

Freeman, who had been on the Atlanta Falcons for the last six years, recently turned 28 years old, which is around the point that production begins to dip for running backs not named Frank Gore. Freeman also struggled through an injury-riddled 2018 season and rushed for just 656 yards in 2019.

What can be said though is that Freeman is reportedly willing to sit out the 2020 campaign without an offer he sees fit for himself. That appears to be more so out of a desire to be paid what he is worth however rather than an inclination towards exiting stage left entirely.

Report: Devonta Freeman willing to sit out season without right offer

Devonta Freeman is a two-time Pro Bowl running back in his prime, but it sounds like there is a real chance he may not play at all in 2020.

Freeman will go unsigned by the Seattle Seahawks after they agreed to terms with running back Carlos Hyde on Friday. Hyde signed a one-year deal that could see him earn up to $4 million. According to Michael Silver of NFL.com, that is very similar to a deal that Freeman ultimately declined.

Silver added that Freeman does not feel he has to play from a financial standpoint, and will not sign for less than he believes he’s worth.

Freeman ran for 1,000 yards in both 2015 and 2016, but his production has tailed off since and injuries cost him virtually all of 2018. The Falcons released him in March, and it appears that he might not be playing in 2020 at all.

Report: Eagles have interest in bringing back LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking to add a veteran running back this offseason, and one of the scenarios they have discussed is bringing back LeSean McCoy.

ESPN’s Tim McManus reported on Thursday that the Eagles have narrowed their focus to McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. The team is looking to add one of the three veteran backs in the near future.

McCoy, who turns 32 in July, said recently that he would like to return to Philadelphia to help mentor young running back Miles Sanders. McManus notes that the Eagles are high on Sanders and believe he can become a Pro Bowl player, so perhaps McCoy’s enthusiasm about working with the former second-round pick will be enough to convince Philly to bring him back.

Of the three veteran backs, Hyde was the most productive last season. He rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Houston Texans and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which was the second-highest mark of his career. McCoy rushed for just 465 yards and appeared to fall out of favor with Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Freeman, 28, is the youngest of the three veteran backs the Eagles have interest in, but he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. He also has at least one other known suitor.

Seahawks reportedly want to sign Devonta Freeman with Rashaad Penny injured

The Seattle Seahawks may begin the 2020 season thin at the running back position, as Rashaad Penny is likely to start the year on the physically unable to perform list after he tore his ACL in December. Because of Penny’s uncertain status, the Seahawks are reportedly giving thought to signing Devonta Freeman.

Adam Kaplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reported on Wednesday that the Seahawks have made a contract offer to Freeman. The veteran running back is looking for more money, however.

Freeman, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason, has a history of knee problems. He appeared in just two games in 2018 because of a knee injury, though he played in 14 last season. The 28-year-old struggled, rushing for just 656 yards and averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry.

The Seahawks likely view Freeman as a proven veteran who can fill a void while Penny is out, and it’s no surprise they don’t want to spend big for him. Freeman could change his stance depending upon how many other offers he receives.