By DAN KARELL | FOX Sports Senior WriterA free agent running back has been one of the biggest names on the market since the 2016 season, but it appears the Atlanta Falcons have already given up on the possibility of re-upping him with a new deal.
Sources close to D.T.J., who was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, told Bleacher Sports that the team has already decided to cut ties with the veteran.
The report comes after several Falcons sources indicated that the club had not received any official word that D. T.J.’s contract would not be renewed.
In all, the Falcons have reportedly offered the running back five years, $60 million.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team is looking for around $12 million per season with a base salary of around $20 million.
The 26-year-old had a disappointing 2016 campaign, posting just 488 yards and a 2.3 yards per carry average on a team that went 14-9.
Atlanta had to part ways with all of their offseason free agents, including the franchise-tagged running back Adrian Peterson.
This past offseason, Atlanta also acquired RB Devonta Freeman from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for WR Michael Floyd, QB Matt Ryan, RB Tevin Coleman and CB Desmond Trufant.
Atlanta has yet to make a decision on its 2018 roster, but if it decides to cut Foster, it would seem likely that it would be on the hunt for a veteran backup to the likes of Freeman and/or Coleman.
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