After a year away from the only team he's ever known as home, Brandon Jacobs is back with the New York Giants; signing a one-year deal with the team on Tuesday and practicing with the team on Wednesday.
The first seven years of Jacobs' career were spent with the Giants, but after the 2011 season, Jacobs had signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, it was hardly what he had been hoping for, as he first suffered a knee injury in the summer and then barely got onto the field in 2012.
Jacobs was tired of not being used by the 49ers and wanted to get out in order to have the chance to play in the 2012 season; it was no secret that he wanted to return to the Giants, especially following Andre Brown's season-ending leg injury in late November, and some felt the 49ers knew this considering the Giants were a playoff contender fighting to get into the postseason and Jacobs might have played against the 49ers if the two teams had met in the playoffs.
On Wednesday, Jacobs talked to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News and discussed what he was told by the 49ers management and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who gave him the clear message that they weren't going to let him go, just so he can turn around and beat them in an important game.
"I was told point blank that ‘Do I look like a fool to release you to go play for somebody else and come back and play against us? Do I look like a fool?’ I felt good about it. I’m like, ‘OK, I see, you’re all scared of me.’"
Jacobs ended up being suspended for the remainder of the regular season by Harbaugh for his public comments on social media in which he felt that he was "rotting away on the roster," and then once the regular season was over and the Giants were officially eliminated from postseason contention, Jacobs was released from the 49ers, as they went on to play in Super Bowl XLVII, but lose to the Baltimore Ravens.
Now back with the team that drafted him in 2005, Jacobs has a chance to end his career with the same team he started it with and look to help the Giants win football games in the 2013 season and not "rot away" on someone else's roster. Jacobs is expected to play for the Giants on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium against the Denver Broncos.
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