Devonta Freeman 'about to be blessed' with new deal


The Devonta Freeman contract saga -- if one can call it that -- heads into the summer break without a resolution.

Approaching the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman has been discussing, but not really demanding, a new deal since NFL Network's Michael Silver broached the topic with Freeman's agent in the days leading up to Super Bowl LI.

Freeman was asked about the new pact, which is still apparently in the works.

"It's that feeling when you know something special is coming and you're about to be blessed," Freeman said in a conversation with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's just an exciting moment in time for me right now."

We are not yet at the point where Freeman is kicking up dirt. If nothing else, the Falcons have to be pleased with the breezy nature of the public negotiations so far given how drastically Freeman has overplayed his rookie deal. As a fourth-round pick out of Florida State, he's due just under $2 million this year despite two straight 1,000-yard, 11-touchdown seasons.

"I'm not rushing it, and I'm not impatient," Freeman said. "I'm just trying to make sure that my business is right as far as being in the best shape of my life. Being healthy, stronger, faster and being better at the same time."

It will be interesting to see when a sense of urgency catches up with Atlanta's front office, if at all. As NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon noted on Total Access on Thursday, general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn't in any hurry. Freeman has yet to play a game under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. There might be a benefit to giving Freeman a few weeks of the regular season before making a move.

Will Freeman still be patient then?