The New York Giants are in need of some help in the backfield after Saquon Barkley suffered a knee injury in the team's 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Luckily for them, one veteran rusher is still available to be signed.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants are planning to bring former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman in for workouts.
With the likely season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley, the #Giants are bringing in reinforcements. Source says they plan to visit with and workout FA RB Devonta Freeman. The former #Falcons star spent the weekend with the #Eagles and should be with NYG today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2020
The Giants fear that Barkley suffered a torn ACL, which would make him unavailable for the remainder of the 2020 season. The 23-year-old had four carries for 28 yards before exiting Sunday's game.
If New York adds Freeman, it'll help bolster the depth at running back following Barkley's injury. The Giants currently only have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on their roster. Although Gallman was inactive for the Giants on Sunday, Lewis had 10 carries for 20 yards in the loss.
Freeman spent six seasons with the Falcons before being released in March. The 28-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler and rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns last season while adding 410 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
Freeman worked out with the Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend but was not offered a contract. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both showed interest in Freeman during the offseason but passed due to his price tag.