The New York Giants reportedly plan to sign free-agent running back Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The Giants today placed Saquon Barkley on injured reserve after he tore his ACL in Sunday’s loss against the Chicago Bears.
Freeman spent his first six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, in which he made two Pro Bowls. After a down year in 2019, he was released on March 16, 2020, with three years remaining on his contract.
Freeman was expected to find a home soon after, but was not invited to any NFL training camps. With the influx of recent injuries to running backs, his name floated around as a popular option to acquire.
The Giants have taken a flier on Freeman, who will join Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on the New York depth chart, and will most likely fill the starting role. The signing has not yet been confirmed or finalized by the team, as they presumably await a negative COVID-19 test result.
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