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).
COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP
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
THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT