Report: RB Devonta Freeman Visiting With Giants Following Barkley Injury


Saquon Barkley is an irreplaceable commodity for the Giants, but they're doing their due diligence in an attempt to fill the massive void left by the third-year running back and his potential ACL tear.

On Monday, it was reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that New York was bringing in free agent RB Devonta Freeman. Though the 28-year-old was visiting with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend, he left without a deal done.

It's likely not for lack of talent that Freeman is still an available free agent. He's turned down an offer from Seattle in the spring and has seen interest from a number of organizations, including Jacksonville, but may have been waiting for an injury to occur and a subsequent opportunity to present itself.

As of now, without adding Freeman or another free agent, the Giants would have to roll forward with Dion Lewis -- who had 10 rushes and four catches for a total of 56 yards against the Bears -- and Wayne Gallman. Gallman was a healthy scratch in Week 2, though he saw a starting role in a couple of 2019 games due to Barkley's nagging injuries. In one game, against Washington in Week 4, Gallman logged 18 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and added six catches for 55 yards and another touchdown through the air.

Elijhaa Penny is another running back on the depth chart, though he has recorded just 22 carries in 32 games with the Giants.

As WFAN Giants beat reporter Paul Dottino notes, Freeman seems to be the best available free agent option.

Among other new teams that could show interest in Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, are the 49ers and the Panthers, following injuries to their respective running back stars Raheem Mostert and Christian McCaffrey.

We had previously listed the Eagles, the Colts, the Jaguars and the Chiefs as four potential landing spots for Freeman entering Week 2, before a new wave of injuries added a bevy of other options.