With three full weeks to go, the players who aren't yet free are also laying
some groundwork. Monday, it was Osi Umenyiora basically saying it's
up to the Giants whether he's back with the team
. Today, it was Brandon
Jacobs doing the same.
“Well, I have spoken to my agent and I do expect to be fully back with the
New York Giants next season," the seventh-year running back said in an interview
with Jim Miller and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "These guys in the front
office, they’ve been doing this for years. They know what they gotta do. I want
to be back. But they actually know what has to be done if they want me
What has to be done, in addition to the extension to which the 29-year-old
Jacobs is perhaps referring, is the money
he's due this season (see update below) must be lowered from the $4.9 million
it's currently slated to be. That figure includes a $500,000 roster bonus due
next month plus his $4.4 million salary. None of that money is guaranteed.
In the regular season, Jacobs had 571 yards on 152 carries for an average of
3.8 yards per attempt, down from his 5.6-yard average a season earlier. Still,
he provided a motivating presence and helped soften the blow of the four games
missed by Ahmad Bradshaw. In those weeks, he ran for 194 yards on 61 carries
(his 12 rushes for only 21 yards in the loss to the Eagles hurt those figures)
and had 101 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Cowboys, during
which Bradshaw was benched for the first half.
After restructuring his contract before last season, Jacobs will have to take
another hefty pay cut, especially since the Giants are about $9 million over the
salary cap, per ESPN's
. At this point, the team might simply let Jacobs walk
instead of trying to hack his salary down to a number he'll likely resist.
Still, Jacobs isn't about to concede before such talks occur.
"If they don’t want me back then that’s another story in itself, then nothing
has to be done. But I got a feeling that they do," Jacobs said during today's
interview on SiriusXM. "So, you know, things get worked out. I definitely plan
on being Big Blue for the 2012 season.”
As did Shaun O'Hara and Rich Seubert last season. They found out the hard way
sometimes the team has other plans. Perhaps that will soon be the case with
If he is cut, don't dismiss all of the rumblings he'll wind up having a much
friendlier chat with Rex Ryan than their
on-field meeting on Christmas Eve
. Word is Jacobs doesn't want to leave the
area and, much as he told Ryan to "shut up," he admires his style.
As I said with the Umenyiora situation, there could be some developments on
the Jacobs front this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine. So as always, stay
7:49 p.m. UPDATE Originally, I wrote Jacobs had a cap number of $4.9
million. The cap number is actually higher because the prorated portion of his
bonus carried over. What I meant to convey is how it reads above: Jacobs is owed
$4.9 million and that figure will have to be lowered. If the team cuts him,
they'll save only the $4.9 million. The prorated bonus would be considered