Two-time Super Bowl winner, all-time New York Giants franchise rushing touchdown (56) leader, big-ass motha-f’er Brandon Jacobs has signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Add in Super Bowl touchdown winner Mario Manningham and the 49ers have taken a little bit of what beat them in last year’s NFC Championship game.
Sure, Brandon Jacobs’ production has slid every year since 2007. He has knee problems that are attributed to his huge size (tacklers need to go for his knees and not his hips as he’s so big), and he is no longer an every-down-runningback. But that’s okay. We have Frank Gore who can’t finish a season for the life of him, and with the added power of short-yardage Anthony Dixon, the 49ers should be able to punch in any touchdown from the goal line. A problem that they needed to address from last year.
Cut by the Giants earlier this month, it is believed that Jacobs got a one-year deal. Whatever the terms, it puts an end to the rampant speculation that Jacobs would return for one more season, something one team source said was always a longshot. The Giants did discuss a return with the 29-year-old before he was cut on March 9th, and the two sides came closer to an agreement than either expected. Jacobs, though, was looking for a multi-year deal with some guaranteed money, according to a source familiar with the talks. The Giants weren’t willing to guarantee anything past one year and it’s believed they were only offering about $1.5 million.
In San Francisco, Jacobs will join former Giants receiver Mario Manningham, who signed with the 49ers last week. He’ll also join a very crowded backfield that features Frank Gore and includes Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and Rock Cartwright (recently signed from the Oakland Raiders). It’s not clear exactly how Jacobs will fit in, though likely somewhere behind Gore and probably Hunter.
Jacobs’ options, though, were limited. One source said he did get some interest from other teams, but not much. He ran for just 571 yards on 152 carries last season and has had injury issues in recent years. He also has displayed a penchant for creating headlines with his mouth or for non-football things like throwing his helmet into the stands during a 2010 game.
Given that, his age, and the fact that most free agent running backs were having trouble finding good deals this offseason, he may simply have had to take the best deal available. There were rumors that if his market dropped far enough he’d return to the Giants for a minimum deal. Even Justin Tuck said recently he heard there was a “chance” that would happen. There was never really much of a chance, though. Now there’s none at all.