October 20, 2017
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the franchise through the 2022 season. USA TODAY Sports/ Matthew Emmons

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Signs Five-Year Extension

The Atlanta Falcons and running back Devonta Freeman have officially agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

The Falcons two-time Pro Bowl running back was one of the team’s top priorities ahead of the 2017 season, as he was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Freeman’s five-year extension is reportedly worth $41.25 million and includes $22 million in guarantees.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get this extension done,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, via Atlanta’s team website. “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.”

The former fourth-round pick out of Florida State is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard, 11 touchdown rushing seasons and now is under contract through the 2022 season.

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

The 5-foot-8, 206-pound running back has amassed the second most scrimmage yards (3,175)  in the NFL over the past two seasons, ranking just behind teammate Julio Jones (3,280).

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