Top Three Destinations for Devonta Freeman
After a disappointing 2019 campaign for the former two time pro bowler, multiple teams can still benefit with adding a power back like Freeman
On March 16th, It was reported the Atlanta Falcons had released former two time pro bowl running back, Devonta Freeman. After being the lead back for 14 games last year, Freeman was only able to gain 656 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per carry with only two touchdowns all season. As this was quite a disappointing season after dealing with multiple injuries in 2018, there is still a market for a bounce back option like Freeman. Here are three teams that would make sense for Freeman to sign with.
3. Las Vegas Raiders
Yes, it is still tough to say Las Vegas instead of Oakland but the Raiders could use a player like Freeman. After a surprising rookie campaign from running back Josh Jacobs and revamping a below average defense in 2019 through free agency, adding offensive depth is essential for a Raiders team looking to make the playoffs. While Josh Jacobs will continue to be the lead back, Freeman can be used more as a third down back or a possible receiver, as Freeman had 578 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns back in 2015. It may seem weird to use stats from five years ago, but lowered reps for Freeman may actually lead to more productivity in a Jon Gruden "Spider 2 Y Banana" offense.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers hit the free agency jackpot landing former Patriot quarterback, Tom Brady, and adding a guy like Freeman would be the cherry on top for the Bucs. Tom Brady has always loved having a multitude of running backs with James White, Sony Michel, and Rex Burkhead and a combination of Freeman and Ronald Jones can keep any defense off balance. With receiving weapons of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and OJ Howard with a power back in Freeman and no income tax, Tom Brady may be the first human ever to consider Tampa Bay to being the closest thing to paradise.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
The city of brotherly love is in desperate need for a goal line option going into 2020. Throughout the 2019 season, Jordan Howard was the Eagles goal line back, converting five touchdowns on eight attempts from inside the five yard line (according to Pro Football Reference) while rookie Miles Sanders went 2-6 with a total of negative one yards inside the five. While Freeman may not still be the powerful running back he used to be the loss of Jordan Howard signing with Miami creates a lack of running depth and a true red zone running game for an Eagles team trying to win the lackluster NFC East once again with new defensive acquisitions.
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