There are a few running backs in the NFL who are pushing the market higher for their respective position. We can't all be Christian McCaffrey.
Yet the market is not high for the majority of running backs. Devonta Freeman is one veteran back without a deal after the Atlanta Falcons cut him with three years remaining on his contract. He wants another big deal and the offers he is getting are nowhere near what he expects.
Freeman is reportedly willing to go to extremes to get his money, including sitting out the season. That makes no sense.
Freeman's logic here is to earn no money and wait until 2021 to try for another long-term deal. The problem is that he will be 29 years old next year and spending a year outside of football won't increase his value. Freeman already reportedly turned down a $4 million deal from the Seattle Seahawks, which may end up being his best offer.
Freeman just doesn't have the leverage he thinks he does. He hasn't rushed for at least 1,000 yards since 2016 and has dealt with injuries each of the past two seasons. The versatile back did have 410 receiving yards to go along with his 656 rushing yards last season, but those injury concerns loom large and the Falcons releasing him in the middle of his contract also raises some eyebrows.
Sitting out and making $0 compared to $4 million is an insane idea. This is likely an ill-fated power play by Freeman that unfortunately will not work for him. He should take the easy money while he can. Running backs earning big money in their 30s is incredibly rare and he is right on the cusp of that milestone.