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GM confident Devonta Freeman will be with Falcons 'for years to come'

HOUSTON -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, well aware of running back Devonta Freeman's desire for a new contract, made it clear the team values Freeman but emphasized those discussions will occur after Super Bowl LI.

An NFL.com report surfaced Monday with Freeman's agent, Kristin Campbell, expressing a desire for the two-time Pro Bowler to be paid like an "elite" running back. Freeman, a 2014 fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State, is going into the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make a base salary of $690,000 in 2017.

"Devonta obviously is a very good football player," Dimitroff said Monday night. "We want him to be here with us, and we are going to address that in the offseason, which is what we should. I think we're in a really good spot with a number of players on this team that we're going to look to continue to re-up here. Devonta's one we're going to have that discussion with. We're confident that we're going to have him here for years to come."

Freeman is the starter but shares touches with Tevin Coleman, a third-round pick in 2015. The Falcons likely, at some point, need to figure out which player they prioritize financially, as the coaches have touted both as integral parts to the team's success.

Freeman carried the ball 227 times for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdown during the regular season. He also caught 54 passes for 462 yards and another two scores. His 13 touchdowns led the team, two ahead of Coleman.