Devonta Freeman, Falcons Agree to Richest Contract for an RB in NFL

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs off the field after scoring during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons and Devonta Freeman agreed to a five-year contract extension Wednesday that will make him the league’s highest-paid running back, as first reported by’s Michael Silver.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $41.25 million.

The Falcons officially announced the signing shortly after the report, and Freeman said the following about it: “This is where I’ve always wanted to be. “I want to thank [owner] Mr. [Arthur] Blank, [general manager] Thomas [Dimitroff] and Coach [Dan] Quinn for all of their support. I feel extremely blessed, but the work and grind are just beginning.”