Sources say the Eagles are not the only team interested in running back Devonta Freeman. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stacked up on running backs in the 2020 draft, scooping up Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais. But they’ve shown no signs of slowing down.
According to Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer, both the Bucs and Eagles have offered Freeman deals of some sort. This news comes out after Devonta turned down a one year, $4 million dollar from the Seahawks. Freeman decided it was best to weigh out his options, and potentially risk missing a full season.
Shortly after the Philadelphia Inquirer report, Greg Auman with The Athletic confirmed that no official offer has been made by the Buccaneers to Freeman. But that doesn’t mean the Bucs aren’t interested, even though the last three consecutive seasons have proven disappointing for the NFL vet
If the ex-Falcons running back does end up sitting out the season – which he very well might – it could be good news for his health. But can he expect to receive more than the Seahawks offered him when he decides to come back? Probably not.
NFL insider Ian Rappaport thinks it’s in Freeman’s best interest to take whatever he can get.
“You can do what Carlos Hyde did and say, okay, he wanted more than $5 million per year. At this point, in May, not going to happen. Just take the best deal you can, move on and try again next year. That’s what Hyde did,” Rappaport said.
The question is: Eagles or Tom Brady?
Assuming Freeman is currently weighing his options between the Eagles or Bucs, it should be a no brainer. Most running backs would be happy to settle for $1 million to play with Brady for a year and have a real shot at winning the Superbowl.
If Freeman does decide to sign with the Bucs, he would join forces with an offense that features Tom Brady and leading receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Not to mention tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has come out of retirement in hopes of winning a fourth Superbowl ring.
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