The Atlanta Falcons are planning to release veteran running back Devonta Freeman, according to a report by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Freeman, 27, was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and developed into a two-time Pro Bowler for Atlanta. The decision to part ways with Freeman opens the door for someone to step into the lead back role as the Falcons approach free agency.

Freeman signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons prior to the 2017 season, but injuries impacted his production in that time. He missed all but two games during the 2018 season, and although he started 14 games in 2019, he averaged 3.6 yards per carry.