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For the last five months plus, Devonta Freeman and his party have made it well known that he deserves to be paid like the best backs in the league.

Ahead of the Super Bowl, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported that Freeman’s agent claimed the back deserved “elite pay,” a comment that, due to its timing and confidence, seemed to anticipate a contract struggle coming this offseason before the terms expire in 2018.

Fast forward past the Super Bowl collapse, one badly missed block and an offseason of little change in Atlanta, and Freeman still holds himself in that same regard. The tailback said this week that, while he won’t hold out, “I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that’s where I want to be — straight up.”

With momentum building toward an impasse, in the same vein of DeAndre Hopkins with the Texans last season, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff took to the airwaves to set the record straight regarding Freeman’s contract situation.

“Like I’ve said before, we want him here and he’s a very important part of our organization. Contrary to what people were saying around the Super Bowl time with what came out, we’re ready in the relatively near future to have some discussions with their representation,” Dimitroff told Adam Schein on Schein on Sports. “Devonta, he’s a really good guy, he’s really — as far as his personality — he’s so hyper competitive. … He’s an urgent, angry runner, which we want and we know is important for us. We want him to be around for years to come and we’re confident that we’ll be able to get it done.”

As far as when Atlanta intends to pursue an extension or negotiation of some sort with Freeman’s representative, Dimitroff said to check back when camp rolls around.

“We’ve talked about approaching these types of contracts and situations usually going into camp is when we start talking about them and really start having some discussions about it,” the Falcons GM added. “That’s not a hard line for us, but in my mind, I like to make sure that we have those kind of things worked on. You know, look, he’s in a really good space here, he loves being here and he loves playing for Dan Quinn.”

The dynamic pairing of Freeman and Tevin Coleman (under contract through 2018) is arguably the most cost-effective backfield in the NFL. With both backs still on their rookie deals, the Falcons paid the duo less than $2 million combined, per Spotrac, in exchange for historic production in ’16 — 2,482 yards from scrimmage, 24 touchdowns, 6.16 yards/touch — en route to their first Super Bowl in nearly two decades.

Going forward, Freeman looks to be the workhorse back, garnering more carries, more targets and consequently more cash. But with Coleman in tow for at least two more years, will Atlanta be willing to reward Freeman with the elite contract he desires this offseason? Le’Veon Bell, a one-man wrecking crew in Pittsburgh, is earning $12.1 million on the tag; LeSean McCoy does it all in Buffalo and garners $8 million per year.

Does Freeman, a back-to-back 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown back who surrenders one of every three carries to another capable option, warrant that investment?

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Wide receiver Julio Jones praised the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday for the potential improvements they made in the 2017 NFL draft.

As seen in the following interview courtesy of TMZ Sports, Jones heralded Atlanta’s draft as amazing:

Jones said, “We upgraded our roster, and I’m expecting big things out of us next year.”

Atlanta traded up from No. 31 to No. 26 in the first round to select UCLA pass-rusher Takkarist McKinley. He’ll play across from 2016 NFL sack leader Vic Beasley.

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The Falcons also nabbed LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round, and they took a possible starting option at guard in the fourth round with Oregon State’s Sean Harlow.

Atlanta won the NFC championship last season and held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 before collapsing and losing 34-28 in overtime.

The Falcons had the NFL’s No. 1 offense last season in terms of points scored, led by quarterback and league MVP Matt Ryan. Atlanta’s defense left plenty to be desired, however, as it ranked 25th in yardage allowed and 27th in points allowed.

The selections of McKinley and Riley figure to address those deficiencies. Along with the signing of nose tackle Dontari Poe in free agency, the Falcons have a chance to make huge defensive improvements in 2017.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl center Alex Mack could “barely walk” following the NFC Championship Game after suffering a hairline fracture in his left fibula, but Mack said Tuesday he finally started to feel better two weeks after his team’s Super Bowl LI loss to New England.

Mack addressed the media for the first time since the Super Bowl. He continues to recover from the injury, which did not require surgery although Mack spent a significant time getting treatment.

“That’s where the short offseason kind of goes in … less time to really heal,’’ Mack said. “You play that long, you’re going to be a little beat up. But we’re being smart with it. We’re taking care of it. And that’s really what [offseason workouts] are for. You can get your body right, start getting prepared for the next season [and] mentally get back and learn the offense, focus on the little details.’’
Alex Mack didn’t require surgery for his fractured fibula, but still is taking it easy in anticipation of minicamp. Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports
Mack showed his toughness in the Super Bowl, playing all 49 offensive snaps in the Falcons’ 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots.

“Oh, it hurt,’’ Mack said. “But I was so glad to be able to be out there. To play at that stage has been a lifelong goal of mine. And to have that be actualized was amazing. It was a tough experience, really tough loss. But those are life lessons. That’s what you build to who you are and where you’re going from there.’’

Then after the Super Bowl, Mack got some much-needed rest. He initially suffered the injury in the third quarter against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

“After the Packers game was probably the most it hurt, right after I broke it,’’ Mack said. “I could barely walk. And leaving the Super Bowl, it hurt a lot. But I was really able to, two weeks later, really move around pretty comfortably.’’

Mack talked about not having surgery.

“Broken fibula, there’s a lot of stuff around it that kind of keeps it in place,’’ Mack said. “It was a non-displaced fracture. It was just one of those things that’s going to heal better and faster if you just kind of leave it alone.’’

The Falcons are being cautious with a handful of players this offseason, including All-Pro Julio Jones (foot surgery), Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant (pectoral surgery) and Mack. First-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley, the pass-rusher from UCLA, won’t be ready immediately while still recovering from March shoulder surgery. Falcons coach Dan Quinn expects McKinley, along with the others, to be ready to go by training camp.

Defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn (biceps) and Derrick Shelby (Achilles) are returning from season-ending injuries.

The Falcons begin organized team activities May 30. Mandatory minicamp is June 13-15.