“We Cannot Negotiate Through the Media” -Devonta Freeman Calls for Teams to Reach Out to Him Directly

Published 06/05/2020, 8:15 AM EDT


Whilst the NFL remains engaged in debates about player protests, one player is focused on finding a new team for the 2020 season. the Atlanta Falcons released 28-year-old Devonta Freeman in March. However, he still floats in free agency. In this regard, he sent out a message to teams interested in securing his services for the season. 

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The running back has acknowledged media reports linking to various teams across the country. But he maintains that he cannot negotiate the contract online. 

He tweeted, I read in the media that Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested.  A number of teams are interested, but we can’t negotiate through the media, the Buccaneers can reach out to me directly..”

It is interesting that Freeman has named the NFC South franchise in his tweet. However, a deal doesn’t seem likely at present. As per Sports Illustrated’s Bucs correspondent Luke Easterling, Bruce Arians poured cold water on signing Freeman at present. 

In a conference call with reporters, Arians said, “if his price tag was reasonable.”

As per a Bleacher Report piece, the Bucs head coach added, “He’s asking for a lot of money, and we don’t have a lot of money.

The exact amount the running back wants is unknown. However, as per Pro Football Talk, it can be assumed that Freeman is demanding over $4 million. This is because Seattle Seahawks signed Carlos Hyde, who accepted the very $4 million deal Freeman turned down. 

Freeman may have a chance

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At present, teams may not want to pay a premium for Freeman. Their concerns are valid, as he is coming off the back of a career-low season rushing (656) and receiving yards (410) as a starter. 

However, Arians did say “reasonable”, which means the 2x Pro Bowler would have to lower his demands if he wishes to feature at the Raymond James Stadium. This is because the Bucs have used an enormous chunk of the cap in adding 6×Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady and Tight End Rob Gronkowski.

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Where do you see Devonta Freeman ending up for the 2020 NFL season? Will he lower demands, or will he skip the season if teams do not meet his number?

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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