Suddenly there’s a lot of incentive for Giants running back Brandon Jacobs to stay in town.
Jacobs, who restructed his deal prior to this past season to accomodate Ahmad Bradshaw, said yesterday he is willing to do the same this offseason.
The 6-foot-4, 264-pound back spoke to media while promoting his appearance this week on TNA Wrestling, scheduled to air this Thursday.
“As an organization, they have been doing this stuff for years and they know what they have to do if they want to keep me around and indeed I want to be around,” he told ESPN New York yesterday. “I want to retire as a Giant. Those guys have been working in the business long enough to know what they have to do to make it happen.”
Jacobs is due a $500,000 roster bonus if he is still on the roster in March. His base salary for next season, the last of his contract, is $4.4 million.
It was presumed during the season that this could be Jacobs’s last for Big Blue. With Bradshaw signing a four-year, $18 million deal and Jacobs in his last year he would be an easy player to cut.
General manager Jerry Reese spoke to the media last week, but didn’t make any specific comments on which players he woud bring back. He did say that he favored using players from inside the organization. The Giants also have Andre Brown and D.J. Ware on their roster.
Jacobs had just 571 yards rushing in 2011, his lowest total ever.