Report: Freeman to attend offseason programs


Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who would like to have his contract renegotiated, plans to attend the team’s offseason strength-and-conditioning program which starts Monday, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Freeman, after working out at the players-only camp in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday, spoke to Marvez.

“I’m doing everything,” Freeman said. “I love these guys. I love football.”

The Falcons have extended contracts to players in October or November, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff indicated to ProFootballTalk.com recently that the Falcons may do Freeman’s contract before the start of training camp.

Freeman said he anticipated a new contract this year.

Freeman, who has out-performed his rookie contract and fourth-round draft status, has a market value of $10.1 million per year, as determined by the salary-cap website spotrac.com.

Freeman is set to make $1.8 million in 2017, the last year of his rookie contract.

The Falcons “voluntary” offseason workout program is set to start Monday.

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs.” No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

The NFL informed the Falcons in October of its penalty for violating the league’s excessive contact rules during organized team activities last season, and announced the club will lose the first three days of OTAs in 2017.

The Falcons OTAs are sent for May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6 and June 8-9. The mandatory minicamp will be held June 13-15.

Training camp is slated to start in late July.



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