The New York Giants are rumored to be open to a reunion with free agent running back Brandon Jacobs, according to NFL.com.
This, in addition to the re-signing of cornerback Aaron Ross, would put the 2011 Big Blue reunion in full effect. Jacobs, who was a non-factor with the San Francisco 49ers last season, is facing a market with little interest — something that comes to no surprise when you consider the fact that he finished the 2012 season with a grand total of seven rushing yards.
While he was buried beneath a depth chart that had running backs Frank Gore, LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter, this is a sign that Jacobs’ days as the most feared power back in the NFL are over.
New York is in need of veteran leadership in the locker room, and Jacobs, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, would be a good addition to a progressively more youthful locker room. However, players like Justin Tuck, Antrel Rolle, and Chris Snee are already more than sufficient to fill that role.
In addition, the aforementioned trio of Big Blue champions showed much greater on-field productivity in 2012. While the Giants intentions of a second offseason reunion is rooted in a good idea, that same concept can be better executed by bringing in a different veteran running back such as Michael Turner.
Jacobs is a player coming off a non-existent season with San Francisco, and he would have no room for negotiation if the Giants place a veteran minimum contract offer in front of him. If he does return to the Giants, then it can be assumed that his paid vacation to California was equally luxurious as Ross’ trip to Florida.