Fans want Falcons to ‘show Freeman the money’

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman breaks away from Saints defenders for a 75-yard touchdown run to take a 14-3 lead during the first quarter Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (ccompton@ajc.com/ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — In a poll, we asked the fans how much should the Falcons pay running back Devonta Freeman, who’s earned a contract extension with his play on the field.

The votes want him to receive a contract that’s at the top of the current market. They want him to be paid like Buffalo’s Sean McCoy, who has a five-year, $40 million contract.

They appear to agree with Freeman’s representation, agent Kristen Campbell, that he’s an “elite” back.

Freeman is set to make $1.8 million this year, which is embarrassingly under-market. The Falcons know this and say they want to do an extension, but Campbell reportedly left town without a deal on Wednesday.

The Falcons negotiations will be complicated by Pittsburgh’s Le’veon Bell’s decision to reject a five-year, $60 million contact offer. He did not report to camp and has not signed his franchise tag of $12.12 million. Currently, McCoy has the highest running back contract, a five-year $40 million deal signed on March 8, 2015.

Here are the poll results thus far:

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