How much should the Falcons pay Freeman?

December 18, 2016, ATLANTA: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman spikes the ball scoring his second of three touchdowns for a 28-7 lead over the 49ers during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Let’s play general manager.

How much should the Falcons pay running back Devonta Freeman?

I’m all for the players getting as much money as they can. No one puts a cap on how much the owner’s can make. So, we wish Freeman well in his negotiations.

It’s our hope they show him so “Quan” and “Show him the money!”

The Falcons negotiations will be complicated by Pittsburgh’s Le’veon Bell’s decision to reject a five-year, $60 million contact offer. He’ll play this season for the franchise tag of $12.12 million. Currently, Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy has the highest running back contract, a five-year $40 million deal signed on March 8, 2015.

Other contracts to analyze:  Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin (five-year, $35.75 million, $15 million guaranteed), Houston’s Lamar Miller (four years, $26 million, $14 million guaranteed) and Jacksonville’s Chris Ivory (five years,  $32 million, $10 million guaranteed) are comparable deals the Falcons will research.

The offseason signings don’t help Freeman’s case much: New Orleans’ Adrian Peterson (two years, $7 million), Denver’s Jamaal Charles (one-year, $1 million), Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch (two-year, $16.5 million) and Seattle’s Eddie Lacy (one-year, $5.5 million).

Want to attend Falcons training camp? Here’s what you should know

COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP

Countdown to Camp: Day 10 – The psychological hurdle

Countdown to Camp: Day 9 — The battle at right guard

Countdown to Camp: Day 8 — Freeman’s contract situation

Countdown to Camp: Day 7 — Jake Matthews’ improvement plan

Countdown to Camp: Day 6 — Schraeder’s a mainstay at right tackle

Countdown to Camp: Day 5  — Neal looking to make big leap

Countdown to Camp: Day 4 — Deion Jones to follow up All-Rookie season

Countdown to Camp: Day 3 — What will MVP Matt Ryan do for an encore?

Countdown to Camp: Day 2 — What makes Julio Jones so great?

Countdown to Camp: Day 1 — Did the Falcons protect the Brotherhood?

Here’s the training camp schedule:

Wednesday, July 26th — Team Reports for Camp

Thursday, July 27th — Practice: 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, July 28th — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 29th — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 30th — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, July 31st — Players Off

Tuesday, August 1st — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 2nd — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 3rd —Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, August 4th — Practice 5:05 p.m. – Gates open to the public at 4:05 p.m.

Saturday, August 5th —Players Off

Sunday, August 6th — Practice 9:45 a.m. – Gates open to the public at 8:15 a.m.

Monday, August 7th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 8th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 9th — Walkthrough

Thursday, August 10th — at Miami Dolphins – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 11th — Walkthrough

Saturday, August 12th — Players Off

Sunday, August 13th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Monday, August 14th —Practice 9:30 a.m.

2017 ATLANTA FALCONS 90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS

Part 1: Quarterbacks

Part2: Running backs

Part 3: Wide receivers

Part 4: Tight ends

Part 5: Offensive line

Part 6: Defensive line

Part: 7: Linebackers

Part 8: Cornerbacks

Part 9: Safeties

Part 10: Specialists

THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT

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2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus

NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth 

1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley

3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley

4th rounder: Meet offensive guard Sean Harlow

5th rounder: Meet defensive back Damontae Kazee

5th rounder: Meet running back Brian Hill

5th rounder: Meet tight end Eric Saubert

 

 

 

 


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