Brandon Jacobs was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 draft and has spent his entire career with the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls (XLII & XLVI), amassed 4,849 rushing yards, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (56). Twice in his seven seasons in New York he ran for over 1,000 yards (2007 & 2008). His best season was in 2008 when he ran for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games. When paired with Tiki Barber, and later Ahmad Bradshaw, Jacobs was the big, bruising, change-of-pace back in the Giants running game.
On the business side of things Jacobs was due a $500,000 roster bonus this month and was due a $4.4 million salary for this coming season. Jacobs restructured his deal before the 2011 season but this time around he and the Giants could not come to terms on a new deal, resulting in the team informing him he would be released.
Last season Jacobs rushed for 571 yards and 7 TD’s in 14 games and at 29 years old should still be able to help a team looking for a veteran back up running back. With more teams going to almost a backfield-by-committee approach he should, at the least, get a look as a short yardage/goal line back. The only running back left on the Giants roster who saw significant action last season other than Bradshaw is D.J. Ware, who had 163 yards on 46 carries.
Many will remember Jacobs’ time in New York for moments like these.
If Jacobs chooses to take some time away from football he will have more time to make wrestling appearances.