NEW YORK (WFAN) — Brandon Jacobs wants to stay with the Giants — if the compromise is right.
Jacobs restructured his deal last offseason, allowing New York enough flexibility to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw. It sounds like he’d consider doing so again with $4.4 million remaining on the last year of his contract.
But the 29-year-old is only willing to accept so much of a pay cut.
“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” Jacobs said Wednesday during a local television interview. “I have wonderful, great teammates, man. I won a second Super Bowl here with this organization. But I’m not willing to sell my soul, you know? It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it, but if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”
According to the New York Daily News, the Giants may need to cut his salary “by more than half.” One solution, the paper reported, could be to offer Jacobs an extra year or two with guaranteed money in exchange for the reduction.
Jacobs told the New York Times earlier this month that if he doesn’t return to the Giants, he’d be open to staying in town with Rex Ryan’s Jets.
“I don’t know what they’re thinking,” said Jacobs. “I want to be here. If not, there’s 31 other teams out there.”
The backup running back would likely know his fate before a $500,000 roster bonus, reportedly due on March 17, kicks in.
“There’s stuff that can be done if they want me around,” Jacobs said. “If they want it to work out, it’s going to work out. If they don’t want it to work out, it’s not going to work out. That’s all I can say.”
Jacobs rushed for 571 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
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