Brandon Jacobs signs with Niners

Brandon Jacobs.
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ESPN is reporting that former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs will join Mario Manningham in San Francisco.

Jacobs was released by the Giants earlier this month after the two sides couldn’t agree to a restructuring of his contract for the upcoming season. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus and would have been paid $4.4 million for the 2012 season. Jacobs said at the time he felt it was time to explore other options.

“It’s been a great ride,” Jacobs said in a statement released by the team after his release. “It’s a great organization, a standup organization. I had fun. Won two Super Bowls here. I accomplished a lot in my career as a professional athlete here. That’s it. It’s been a good ride. Time to move on.”

Now, that ride has apparently taken him to San Francisco where he will back up Pro Bowler Frank Gore. The Niners have developed a physical running game and defensive-minded team, which means Jacobs should still figure prominently even with Gore getting a large number of carries.

Jacobs, who will be 30 when the season begins, had just 571 yards on 152 carries last season. Those numbers were the lowest of his career since he took over as the primary back from Tiki Barber. He did score seven touchdowns though and had a solid postseason.

Manningham, who made postseason headlines of his own with a tremendous catch in the Super Bowl, signed a two-year deal with the 49ers earlier this offseason.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



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