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Falcons confident in getting deal done with Devonta Freeman

22 November 2015: Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) rushes in first half action of the Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire)
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Devonta Freeman’s been an integral piece of the Alanta Falcons offense, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is “confident” that the organization will work out a long-term extension with the running back.

“Like I’ve said before, we want him here and he’s a very important part of our organization. Contrary to what people were saying around the Super Bowl time with what came out, we’re ready in the relatively near future to have some discussions with their representation,” Dimitroff told Adam Schein on Schein on Sports. “Devonta, he’s a really good guy, he’s really — as far as his personality — he’s so hyper competitive. … He’s an urgent, angry runner, which we want and we know is important for us. We want him to be around for years to come and we’re confident that we’ll be able to get it done.”

Freeman, who is entering his fourth year in the league, had a coming out party in 2015 that included 1,056 yards on the ground, 528 more through the air and 14 total touchdowns during the regular season. In 2016, he once again bagged more than 1,500 yards combined to go along with 13 scores.

The running back said earlier in the week that he “can get so much better,” and he believes that he should be getting paid that of an “elite” running back. He’s certainly shown the organization he belongs as he helped the Falcons boast the No. 1 scoring offense a season ago.

Whatever “elite” money is, perhaps it’s in the best interests of the organization to cough it up.

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