One day after his birthday, running back Devonta Freeman was cut from the Atlanta Falcons, making him a free agent. So, happy birthday, Freeman, but now it’s time to find a landing spot for this NFL season.
Devonta Freeman is only 28 years old, but he has struggled to stay healthy, failing to play a full season or run for 1,000 yards since 2016. It’s possible that a change of scenery could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Here’s the most likely free agency destinations for Devonta Freeman.
Landing Spots for Devonta Freeman
This pairing makes sense for a couple reasons. First, the Dolphins need help at essentially every position. However, their need for a starting running back is glaring, after trading away Kenyan Drake midseason. Signing Freeman would give the Miami backfield a veteran presence on what will likely be a very young offense.
Secondly, Freeman is actually from Miami, so we could see a bit of a return home, much like we saw from Frank Gore a couple years ago. If the running back values familiarity and family over winning a Super Bowl, this seems like a match.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Staying in the state of Florida, Devonta Freeman could decide signing with the Buccaneers would bring the best of both worlds. He would be right between his hometown and where he went to college, but Freeman would also be put on an offense with a ton of potential.
It is also reported that the Buccaneers will be going “all in” on the Tom Brady sweepstakes. I’m sure Brady would feel a bit more comfortable in the backfield with another veteran and, more importantly, a competent running back. Bruce Arians is still searching for a back capable of running his system. Freeman is also a candidate that shouldn’t break the bank.
The trend in the NFL over recent seasons has been to take a committee approach to the backfield. For the Lions, they essentially have Kerryon Johnson and a whole lot of nothing, which became obvious when he was injured this past season.
Both Freeman and Johnson could share the backfield duties on an offense that continues to have potential, but somehow gets in its own way. Heading to Detroit would also give Freeman the ability to continue playing in a dome, though he may not like the late season games at Green Bay and Chicago, when those arise.