Giants Sign RB Devonta Freeman in Wake of Saquon Barkley’s Season-Ending Injury

Devonta Freeman with Falcons in 2017. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After losing superstar running back Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL injury, the New York Giants are signing free agent running back Devonta Freeman to help fill the void.

The Giants reached a deal with Freman, signing him to a one-year contract worth up to $3 million with incentives. According to reports, Freeman was offered more money to sign with other teams, but he chose the Giants because he believes that New York is the best situation for him and gives him the best opportunity to play.

Freeman is expected to attend Giants practice on Wednesday and could even play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Giants only have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on the roster right now in the backfield, giving Freeman a real chance to start and take over as the main running option for the Giants offense this year. Freeman had back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances and 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2015-2016.

He only rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2019 and was released by the Atlanta Falcons in March. Freeman will look to reignite his career with Big Blue and help the team turn their season around following a 0-2 start and the loss of Barkley, their best player on offense.