Today, the Atlanta Falcons will release running back Devonta Freeman pending a physical.
Freeman was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2014 Draft out of Florida State. In six seasons, he started 59-of-77 games, rushing 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns on 951 carries while producing 2,015 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns on 257 catches.
“We certainly would like to thank Devonta for six great years with our organization,” said General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. “He’s been a solid member of our team, both on and off the field.”
Last season, Freeman started all 14 games he played in, rushing 184 times for 656 yards with two rushing touchdowns and recorded 59 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season with 1,066 total yards, marking his fourth season with 1,000-plus scrimmage yards.
In 2016, the Miami native was selected to his second Pro Bowl and became the first Falcons running back since Michael Turner (2010-11) to post back-to-back seasons with 1,000 scrimmage yards. Freeman started all 16 games and notched 227 carries for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns and produced 54 catches for 462 yards and two touchdowns. In the postseason, he rushed 39 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown.
In 2015, Freeman earned his first Pro Bowl selection after totaling 265 rushes for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns and 73 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first player in the Super Bowl era to record seven rushing touchdowns in his first three starts.