Brandon Jacobs Unhappy With Role On Giants, Ready To Walk After Contract Ends

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Here we go again. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is miffed about his lack of carries — and speaking out.

Jacobs not only wants the ball more, he also wouldn’t mind if Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called Ahmad Bradshaw’s number more as well.

The big bruising back was in demand in the locker room on Thursday after telling Men’s Fitness that he was unhappy and that he did not expect to be with the team next season.

“It’s a very confusing thing. I’m just here, doing the best that I can do to help my team,” he told the magazine. “I come out to win; it’s up to them whether or not they want to use me. I just can’t wait to get a true opportunity to get out there and show myself again, you know? Next year, hopefully. This is a business and you have to look at it that way. I just want to get out there and show myself. It’s going to have to be for another team, but it is what it is. It comes with the territory.”

The publication asked Jacobs if he saw himself with Big Blue after his current contract expires.

“No,” he replied. “I don’t.”

Jacobs restructured his contract this summer and he is due to receive a $500,000 roster bonus in March, an amount that might cause the Giants to dump him and the $4.4 million salary he is scheduled to earn next season.

Jacobs didn’t say he wanted out after practice, but it was clear he wanted some things to change.

“Being an athlete, I want to go out and preform and help my team win,” said Jacobs, who has averaged few than 10 carries per game.

“It is really aggravating, it is really frustrating. It is teams all over the league, that are not running the ball well and running backs aren’t getting the carries that they normally get. I can’t do anything about that. I just want to be happy. That is where I want to start at, I just want to be happy and be able to finish my career in the right way.”

Jacobs missed the past two games for the Giants with a strained left knee. He returned to practice this week and expects to play Sunday when the Giants (4-2) play host to the winless Miami Dolphins (0-6).

“My knee has been good,” the seven-year veteran said. “I’ve been making good cuts going to both sides. Once I saw I was able to make a cut to my right I knew everything was good because that’s kind of the problem.”

Jacobs doesn’t know whether his carries will increase this weekend, and it might be hard for that to happen with Bradshaw coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and Eli Manning averaging close to 10 yards per pass.

“I am just here working hard and whatever happens, happens,” Jacobs said. “I am not making any more predictions or assuming that I am going to get something. I am just going out and if they call my number, I will be there. If they don’t, fine.”

The Giants are averaging 90.2 yards rushing, which is 30th in the league, and 3.3 yards per carry, which is next to last.

“I don’t even worry about that,” Gilbride said. “I worry about are we moving the ball, whatever it takes. If we’re running the ball, great, or we’re throwing the ball, all that counts is at the end of the game you’re on top.”

Jacobs agrees with that.

“I want to win first overall,” he said. “I want to be on a team that’s winning football games. I want to be a part of that. I really want to be a part of that. Whatever happens, happens.”

What do you think of Jacobs’ comments? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Alan

    Hey Brandon, Your’e just not that good. Take your money and play or take your worthless butt somewhere else and do nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    A player crying about his role on a first place team in the middle of a season. That is almost as weird as a player crying about his contract midseason. Oh wait, that is not weird at all.

    So many of these players have lost the true essence of being a teammate and playing to win games. Brandon is one of those players that plays for numero uno. Himself. I hope some awful franchise like the Browns sign him and he can spend the rest of his career losing. But hey at least he is getting 15 carries a game.

    Cry me a river Brandon. You don’t belong with this franchise that has made its history with guys sacrificing everything to win games.

    • Terrence

      Tom you suck. This man is a leader for our football team. His skills are diminshing. So WHAT!!. If the man wants to leave and earn more money this season then let him. We all should send him away with the best of wishes. He was instrumental in helping us win a championship. We also have been good the entire time he has been on this team. Also, he will play this season as hard as ever so don’t think the comments he made will effect his game.

      You are the worst fan ever. WHIMP!!!!!!

  • robert

    Don’t forget to close the door behind you. Once again, a pro athlete shows off his “intelligence” by publicly making a stink. No class at all. I’d bench him for the season and void his contract if possible for conduct unbecoming…..

    • Terrence

      Once again we have a fan with no class at all. Sometimes the truth hurts. The truth for him is that he isn’t the best back on this team anymore. That means in order for him to make money he has to play for a team where he will be the best guy. Noone should care whether he made the statement or not. The fact is that he still plays for this team and will continue to play hard for this team.

      Most normal people in his situation would do the same. Including you dummy. If your personal work contract was up and you were headed to resign for 80% less money I think you would be angling for a new job as well.

      How is that for intellegence.

  • sulla

    He’s always hurt. The giants are trying to preserve him till they get to the meat of their schedule and hopefully in the playoffs.

  • blic

    hey brandon, go take your 2yd. carries someplace else then.

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