Veteran RB Devonta Freeman Signs with Bills

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

After losing running back Zack Moss to a season-ending injury, the Buffalo Bills reacted swiftly and signed veteran Devonta Freeman.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Freeman will initially join the Bills’ practice squad but is expected to be elevated to the active roster for the playoff clash against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

Freeman sat out the start of the 2020 NFL season, failing to receive a satisfying offer during the free agency. He ended up signing with the New York Giants in late September on a one-year, $3 million deal.

The 28-year-old player didn’t get a bounce-back season in New York like he hoped, struggling to remain on the field due to various injuries. He played just five games during the regular season, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown.

Despite Devonta Freeman’s struggles, however, it isn’t hard to see why the Bills made this move.

With Moss out, Buffalo doesn’t have much behind No. 1 back Devin Singletary. Veteran Taiwan Jones is more valuable as a special teamer while the next on the depth chart, T. J. Yeldon, only has 10 rushes in 2020.

Freeman could provide versatility for the Bills and take some of the load off of Singletary. He also has safe hands, which makes him an asset in the passing game.