With Giants star running back Saquon Barkley suffering a torn ACL during Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears, the Giants signed Devonta Freeman to fill in his large shoes, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The deal is for one year, worth $3 million.
Freeman was in for a visit/workout on Tuesday, Vacchiano reported. Now, the hope is that Freeman able to practice on Wednesday, with the contract getting wrapped up on Tuesday night.
Freeman reportedly turned down a one-year deal worth $4 million from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, and a source told Vacchiano that while Freeman was looking for decent money, he was also interested in a place where he can play consistently.
“Devonta turned down more money from other teams because he likes the opportunity with the Giants best,” said agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to Schefter.
Freeman, 28, played the first six seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, with his two best years coming in 2015 and 2016.
In 14 games last season for the Falcons, Freeman rushed 184 times for 656 yards with two touchdowns. He also had 59 catches for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
Freeman joins Dion Lewis in the backfield, who carried most of the load against the Bears after Barkley's injury.