For seven long years, running back Brandon Jacobs was the heart and soul of the New York Giants. And although some of his actions were questionable at best (see: throwing his helmet into the stands), he was beloved by all New Yorkers. That's what made his divorce from the team so difficult. But as the saying goes, business is business, and both sides wanted different things.
Still, Jacobs made it a point to return to the TIMEX Performance Center one final time before ultimately signing with the San Francisco 49ers. But when the dust settled, a mere $500,000 is what allegedly prevented a reunion.
Although he was willing to play for less to stay in New York, Jacobs made a stand and it's hard to blame him. A year prior, he re-negotiated his contract so that the team could re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw. Then, at the start of the offseason, he accepted his initial release and the reality that he was going to take another pay cut … just not to the extent the Giants wanted.
Now, having seen that grass isn't always greener on the other side, Jacobs has let his frustrations be heard. The result? A suspension -not a release- that will end his season and tenure with the 49ers.
But that may not be the end of this story. A source has informed USA Today that Jacobs will file a grievance in hopes of either being reinstated or, what he really wants, released. And in the event he is released, the same source says there's only one team Jacobs wants to play for: the New York Football Giants.
"Thank you all for all your support, I am doing wonderful it's not a big deal things happen, I am strong enough to get through this, again thank all of you for your support. #IWILLBEBACK," Jacobs tweeted on Monday.
With Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott both current on Injured Reserve (Brown designated to return), and Ahmad Bradshaw dealing with foot, neck and now knee issues, the Giants could realistically use someone who has a proven history of solid pass protection and an intimate knowledge of their offensive system. And although they've recently signed Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain, Jacobs would be a legitimate upgrade over each.
In the unlikely event that Jacobs is granted his release, would you like to see him back with Big Blue?
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