Devonta Freeman signs contract extension, becomes league's highest-paid running back

The NFL has a new highest-paid running back.

Devonta Freeman and the Atlanta Falcons reportedly agreed on a five-year extension for the young star. The contract amounts to $41.25 million over the next half-decade.

Michael Silver of NFL Network confirmed the details on Twitter Wednesday morning:

In his own official statement, Freeman sang Atlanta's praises, saying, "This is where I've always wanted to be."

Freeman has spent three seasons with the Falcons, making the Pro Bowl twice and scoring a touchdown in the team's Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 22: Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes the ball against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - AUGUST 14: Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles poses for a portrait on August 8 2011 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Florida State/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)
Florida State's Devonta Freeman leaps into the end zone with a 9-yard touchdown run against Duke at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, October 27, 2012. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles looks for an opening against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
FSU running back Devonta Freeman waves during a BCS National Championship game news conference at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman works out during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
08 August 2014: Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kemal Ishmael (36) and running back Devonta Freeman (33) celebrate the victory in the Atlanta Falcons 16-10 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 28: Devonta Freeman #33 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for yardage during the preseason NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 28, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
September 14, 2015: Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the NFL game between the Eagles and the Falcons. The Falcons claim victory over the Eagles 26-24 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 11: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after scoring a touchdown in the final seconds of regulation against Will Compton #51 of the Washington Redskins at Georgia Dome on October 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The touchdown was reviewed and reversed by the officials. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Devonta Freeman attends the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) rushes in for a touchdown during an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons on November 27, 2016, at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Arizona Cardinals 38-19. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Running back Devonta Freeman #44 of the Atlanta Falcons walks down the tunnel for warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Falcons defeated the Rams 42-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons addresses the media during the Super Bowl LI press conference on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown on a 5 yard run against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Eric Weems #14, and Devonta Freeman #24 celebrate with Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons after Alford scored a touchdown on a 82 yard interception against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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