It appears the Giants have their Saquon Barkley replacement.
The team is expected to sign former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Network, if all goes well with his COVID-19 testing. Freeman, 28, spent six seasons with Atlanta, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2015 and ’16.
Barkley, 23, tore his ACL in the Giants’ Week 2 loss to the Bears and will undergo surgery. He’s out for the season and was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Freeman had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Falcons in his two Pro Bowl years and was also a key figure in the passing game. He had 14 total touchdowns in 2015 and 13 scores in 2016.
In 2017, Freeman had 865 yards rushing with seven touchdowns in 14 games before playing in just two games in 2018 because of knee and groin injuries. Atlanta cut Freeman after he compiled 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.