Somebody lastly topped LeSean McCoy.

Various NFL operating backs postured all offseason for a brand new contract that may make them the very best-paid participant at their place. That title had been held by McCoy, who signed a 5-yr, $forty-million extension with the Buffalo Payments in 2015.

On Tuesday, Devonta Freeman climbed atop the cash heap as he inked a 5-yr extension with the Atlanta Falcons reportedly value $forty one.25 million.

Now that Freeman has his deal, which backs are subsequent in line to be the league’s highest-paid runners?

Le’Veon Bell

Bell is already the very best paid by annual common wage. He’d hoped to earn an extended-time period deal that might reset the operating again market this offseason, however as an alternative settled for a franchise tag that may pay him $12.1 million for the 2017 season.

Sooner or later or one other, nevertheless, Bell will personal the most important contract. He might conceivably be franchise-tagged once more in 2018, however contemplating he is but to reach at coaching camp, he is made it clear he needs the safety a multi-yr deal offers.

He is simply 25 and recorded the fifth-most dashing yards final season regardless of enjoying in solely 12 video games. It is protected to say Bell would be the subsequent highest-paid operating again within the NFL – probably earlier than the 2018 season begins.

Todd Gurley

As soon as Bell indicators a brand new deal, Gurley will not be far behind.

The Los Angeles Rams operating again has one season and the potential for a fifth-yr choice remaining on his rookie contract after the upcoming marketing campaign. And whereas he struggled to supply in 2016, you possibly can ignore the stats. Gurley continues to be thought-about among the many greatest skills on the place and is one participant the Rams cannot afford to let go. Sooner or later, they will need to pay the worth to maintain him, and it would be sensible to take action earlier than the operating again market will get any greater.

Gurley could be projected to signal an extended-time period deal someday previous to his fifth-yr choice season in 2019.

Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott has only one yr underneath his belt, so he’ll have a prolonged look forward to the large reward. However relaxation assured, he’ll grow to be the league’s highest-paid operating again when he is up for a brand new contract.

Elliott’s present rookie deal can pay him $24 million over the course of 4 years – a discount for the Cowboys – however then Jerry Jones should pony as much as maintain the gifted teenager underneath the large prime.

Earlier than this season’s rookie class will get set to obtain offers befitting professionals, Elliott will personal the highlight because the operating again with the most important contract. By then, rushers must be incomes greater than Freeman’s $eight.25 million per yr.

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