lostnmexico

Blogging Dirty Says Falcons must trade Devonta Freeman, resign Tevin Coleman

255 posts in this topic

 
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back Devonta Freeman #24 and running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons take a knee in the endzone before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back Devonta Freeman #24 and running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons take a knee in the endzone before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Falcons must trade Devonta Freeman, resign Tevin Coleman

The common belief is that the Falcons will let Tevin Coleman walk in free agency. However, after the 2018 season, the Atlanta Falcons should trade Devonta Freeman and resign Tevin Coleman.

At the end of the season, the Falcons will have a decision to make at the running back position. They’ve done a great job at scouting and drafting in the Dan Quinn era and sometimes, that leads to “problems.” Every team would love to have two capable starting running backs. The flip side of it is, both of those running backs will want to be compensated fairly.

It is easy to convince someone to sacrifice playing time for the sake of the team. It is not easy, however, to convince someone to take less money for the sake of the team. Especially when they’ve only had a rookie contract.

Lets first cover what Devonta Freeman has done since becoming a starter.

  • 2015: 1,056 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per carry, 13 games (Finished 7th in the NFL)
  • 2016: 1,079 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry , 16 games (Finished 14th in the NFL)
  • 2017: 865 yards, 4.4 yards per carry, 14 games (Finished 14th in the NFL)

Freeman’s best finish is 7th in the NFL. Two of the three seasons he finished 14th. Yet, he’s the third highest paid running back in the NFL. That is by no means to marginalize what Freeman has done. I’ll take Freeman over Steven Jackson hop stepping behind the offensive line for two-yard gains all season. But, if Freeman has another season like the three he’s had, the numbers simply say the Falcons are overpaying.

When Freeman took over the starting spot, he jumpstarted the offense in a way that no Falcons running back had done since Michael Turner, when he first got to Atlanta. For that, I am grateful. Teams all over tried to replicate what the Falcons did with Devonta Freeman. Draft a shifty running back in the mid-rounds, maximize his production while on a cheap contract, while also completely transforming your offense.

Freeman is the third highest paid running back in the league while never finishing top-five in rushing yards, and he is missing a crucial asset all running backs need. Pass blocking. Freeman held the franchise hostage over his contract, the week of the Super Bowl (great timing!), only to miss the most important block in franchise history days later (even better timing!). Fast forward an entire football season to the game last week and it’s clear he still can’t pass block in the crucial moments. At least not better than Coleman.

Freeman’s additional workload and naturally violent running style will inevitably lead to a shorter shelf life for Freeman. He suffered a concussion last season, along with knee injuries and appeared to have another minor setback with his knee in week 1 against the Eagles.

Freeman would have more trade value between the two of them but Freeman has also been getting more of the playing time, as the starter. That means whatever contract the Falcons and Coleman’s camp came to an agreement on, would easily be cheaper than Freeman’s top-three contract.

Coleman would be just as good as Freeman, with a longer shelf life and significantly cheaper.

There is no realistic way to keep both Freeman and Coleman while paying both what they feel they deserve. Its not all about money, either. Make no mistake about it, everyone knows Tevin Coleman could start for at least half the teams in the NFL. Tevin Coleman knows that too. It is doubtful he wants to spend most of his career as a backup. He wants his money and his touches. Rightfully so.

Buy low, sell high. Get Ito Smith up to speed and maybe even draft another running back in the mid rounds for depth at the position. Clearly, the Falcons can draft running backs or they wouldn’t be in this position. They should have the confidence that they can draft another productive running back, in Ito Smith and someone else. Now is the time to sell.

There would be at least 10-15 teams willing to pay handsomely for Freeman. The Falcons have maximized Freeman’s production more than they probably thought they would when they drafted him.

Freeman is more expensive, has a shorter shelf life and lacks pass block ability. All are things that should tip the scale in Coleman’s favor. If the Falcons could keep both I’d say keep both, but the numbers just say that is unlikely. The NFL is a business and this is a business decisión.

 
Edited by lostnmexico

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i was hoping this didnt get posted ......

But this is what alot of people are saying now , hmmm so it does make  you wonder about it. The article does make sense as well, it’s an interesting article

Edited by caponine

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually agree with this piece.  Devontae's contract and difficulties in pass protection are well documented and after the Jerrick McKinnon injury, we could fleece Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers for sure.  Hill and Ito provide solid Depth behind Coleman and Coleman is the better back in my opinión.

I love Frees ability to run the ball but that is only one dimensión to the position.  We are devoting a notable amount of cap space to a player with some deficiencies in his all around game and could use that cap space to improve on the offense line I think.

Edited by lostnmexico

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, lostnmexico said:

I actually agree with this piece.  Devontae's contract and difficulties in pass protection are well documented and after the Jerrick McKinnon injury, we could fleece Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers for sure.  Hill and Ito provide solid Depth behind Coleman and Coleman is the better back in my opinión.

I love Frees ability to run the ball but that is only one dimensión to the position.  We are devoting a notable amount of cap space to a player with some deficiencies in his all around game and could use that cap space to improve on the offense line I think.

Never forget that whiff he made in the SB. 

Won’t cry if they did trade him.

caponine, lostnmexico and Halcon-1 like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Teams generally don't trade for running backs with large cap hits. Instead, most running backs (even good ones) get cut, and picked up elsewhere. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, 4dabirds said:

Teams generally don't trade for running backs with large cap hits. Instead, most running backs (even good ones) get cut, and picked up elsewhere. 

A team that would trade for him would only have to pay 3.75 mil next year, but nobody wants to trade for a guy with the recent and current injury history Freeman has.  If the dude came back next week and killed it all season then that might be a different story, but we all know that isn't happening.

And even if he did, the Falcons still couldn't trade him because of the 9 mil in dead cap.  Only option for next season is to keep him or June 1st cut.

SkerFalcon8710 and 4dabirds like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
41 minutes ago, Malachore said:

No one will trade for him.

Kyle Shanahan Will...…..They lost McKinnon for the year…..

“Since the day we signed him, we’ve been game planning for Minnesota,” Shanahan said of McKinnon, via sfgate.com. “So I’m not going to lie — it changes things pretty drastically. That was (our) first target in free agency, so once you do it, you have a plan on how to use him, especially going into Week 1.”

McKinnon joined the 49ers in March after signing a four-year, $30 million contract and appeared in only one preseason game against the Cowboys. He suffered a calf strain during practice last month, but returned to prepare for the season opener against his former team, the Vikings.

http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/jerick-mckinnon-injury-update-49ers-offense-fantasy-football-nfl-news-vikings-matt-breida-alfred-morris/1lher5iw4k4j51gaa5fe4xlfs6

https://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Shanahan-Loss-of-RB-McKinnon-changes-things-13207951.php

Edited by lostnmexico

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, lostnmexico said:

Kyle Shanahan Will...…..They losy McKinnon for the year…..

“Since the day we signed him, we’ve been game planning for Minnesota,” Shanahan said of McKinnon, via sfgate.com. “So I’m not going to lie — it changes things pretty drastically. That was (our) first target in free agency, so once you do it, you have a plan on how to use him, especially going into Week 1.”

McKinnon joined the 49ers in March after signing a four-year, $30 million contract and appeared in only one preseason game against the Cowboys. He suffered a calf strain during practice last month, but returned to prepare for the season opener against his former team, the Vikings.

http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/jerick-mckinnon-injury-update-49ers-offense-fantasy-football-nfl-news-vikings-matt-breida-alfred-morris/1lher5iw4k4j51gaa5fe4xlfs6

https://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Shanahan-Loss-of-RB-McKinnon-changes-things-13207951.php

Freeman wouldn't even pass a physical right now.

Falx and SkerFalcon8710 like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25 minutes ago, Peyton said:

Freeman isn't going to be tradable.  They just have to make him a June 1st cut if anything.

Sad truth, if us fans know his knee is jacked we’ll be lucky to get a 7th. No team is gonna take that contract on unless Kyle and SF decide they need a rb bad enough 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, Peyton said:

Freeman wouldn't even pass a physical right now.

Brett Favre failed his Packers physical because he had the same hip condition as Bo Jackson, but Ron Wolf told the doctors to give him another physical and to pass him.

At the end of the day, it is up to the team to take the risk.  Kyle should be desperate enough to take the risk and Atlanta should be proactive enough to move him.

Edited by lostnmexico

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, lostnmexico said:

Brett Favre failed his Packers physical because he had the same hip condition as Bo Jackson, but Ron Wolf told the doctors to give him another physical and to pass him.

At the end of the day, it is up to the team to take the risk.  Kyle should be desperate enough to take the risk and Atlanta should be proctive enough to move him.

Nobody is going to trade for a guy who can't make it through 6 carries.

red falcon likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now