Brandon Jacobs Wants To Stay In New York
During the early part of the 2011 season, the biggest question mark on the New York Giants roster was defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who held out for the start of training camp because he wanted a better contract. As this offseason begins, a certain running back entering the final year of his contract has already expressed interest in restructuring his deal: Brandon Jacobs.
According to Giants beat writer Ohm Youngmisuk from ESPNNewYork.com, Jacobs would like to finish his career as a New York Giant and is willing to restructure his contract again. Sometime in the next month, the Giants need to decide whether or not they want to let Jacobs collect on a $500,000 roster bonus, followed by a salary of $4.4 million for the 2012 season.
When asked yesterday about potentially getting a new contract with the Giants, the 29-year-old Jacobs said the following:
As long as it is fair... I just want everything to be fair. I feel like I put a lot of hard work and dedication into what I do as well and whatever their plans are to try to keep me around here, hopefully we can get it discussed and get things figured out because this is where I want to be.
I wish things can go great to where I can continue to be a Giant. I started with the Giants, I would like to finish with them.
However, there is a curveball: Jacobs did tell the New York Times that there is one other team he wouldn't mind playing for if things don't work out, and that team is the New York Jets. When asked about the possibility of having to co-exist with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, the outspoken Jacobs told the Times, "I wouldn't count it out. I like the way Rex handles his business. I don't hold a grudge. It was a situation. We were rivals then. There's no apology needed."
Jacobs had a relatively lackluster 2011 season, finishing with just 571 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Jacobs also missed two regular season games with a knee injury, but he says that he will not need any surgery during the offseason.