Falcons running back gave a moving answer when asked if his impending pay day is a 'distraction'

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has played a key part in their dynamic offense and their Super Bowl run.

Over the past two seasons, Freeman has accumulated over 2,100 rushing yards, adding 1,000 receiving yards, and 27 touchdowns.

Now, the third-year running back wants to be rewarded for his performance.

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According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, Freeman's agent has said the Falcons need to make Freeman a "priority this offseason," paying him like an "elite back." Freeman also admitted to Silver that he's been frustrated with his role, as he's essentially split carries with equally impressive second-year running back Tevin Coleman.

However, later in the week, when asked if this contract talk is distracting days before the Super Bowl, Freeman gave a moving answer about his tough childhood neighborhood (via NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon).

Freeman added, "Now, it's just fun. I get to sit back and just do what I do."

It's unclear what a contract extension for Freeman might look like. If he wants to be paid like an "elite" running back, a theoretical deal may include several years with a yearly salary around $7-8 million.

On Monday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff addressed the contract talk, saying (via ESPN), "Devonta obviously is a very good football player. We want him to be here with us, and we are going to address that in the offseason, which is what we should. ... We're confident that we're going to have him here for years to come."

Still, for Freeman, worrying about an eight-figure contract days before playing in his first Super Bowl is not a distraction, compared to his journey to the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons 2016 season (11-5 record)
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Atlanta Falcons 2016 season (11-5 record)

Week 1: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24

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Wek 2: Falcons 35, Raiders 28

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Week 3: Falcons 45, Saints 32

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Week 4: Panthers 33, Falcons 48

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Week 5: Falcons 23, Broncos 16

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Week 6: Falcons 24, Seahawks 26

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NFC Divisional Round: Seahawks 20, Falcons 36

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Week 7: Chargers 33, Falcons 30 

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Week 8: Packers 32, Falcons 33

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Week 9: Falcons 43, Buccaneers 28

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Week 11: Bye

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Week 10: Falcons 15, Eagles 24

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Week 12: Cardinals 19, Falcons 38

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Week 13: Chiefs 29, Falcons 28

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Week 14: Falcons 42, Rams 14

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Week 15: 49ers 13, Falcons 41

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Week 17: Saints 32, Falcons 38

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Week 16: Falcons 33, Panthers 16

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NFC Championship: Packers 21, Falcons 44

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