Ian Rapoport reports from the NFL Network the veteran ball carrier will consider retirement if an appropriate option does not appear before the season.
Rapoport notes, however, that the 28-year-old Florida state product is much more likely to accept the best deal available than to retire.
The Miami native Freeman has spent the past six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark twice – in 2015 and 2016, the years in which he was selected for the Pro Bowl.
He appeared in 14 games with the Falcons, rushing for 656 yards on 156 races with two touchdowns. He added 410 more yards with four more touchdowns.
A meeting with the Falcons became unlikely with the arrival of Todd Gurley in free agency.
Freeman spoke to the Seattle Seahawks last week, but the team later chose to reinstate the veteran Carlos Hyde.