Giants Release Veteran Brandon Jacobs After Seven Years

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Jacobs was released Friday by the New York Giants after he could not reach agreement on a restructured deal.

The running back spent seven seasons with New York, winning two Super Bowls.

Jacobs, 29, ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards, but saw his role diminish with the emergence of Bradshaw.

“Brandon helped us win two world championships,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “He always did what was in the best interest of team. No matter what you asked him to do, he performed and played in whatever role we asked him to perform. He really was a team player.

“I have always felt like Brandon could be counted on. He’s a guy that is very, very good in meetings for me. He pays attention. He picks up on the message. He loves the excitement of the game. He loves everything about it: the pregame routine, the talking to his teammates, trying to motivate his teammates. He loves every part of it.”

A fourth-round draft pick in 2005, Jacobs rushed for 56 touchdowns. He had 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008, but his carries and yardage dipped the past two seasons. He gained 823 yards in 2010, and had just 152 carries and a 3.8-yard average last season.

“We tried, couldn’t reach an agreement,” Jacobs said. “It’s been great, though. I can’t say anything negative about anybody in the organization.”

Bradshaw, who has battled foot injuries in recent years, will be backed up next season by D.J. Ware and Da’Rel Scott, who saw little action this past season as a rookie. Former draft pick Andre Brown spent last season on the practice squad and could figure into the mix.

Jacobs expressed hopes after the 21-17 Super Bowl win over New England that he would be able to work out a deal and stay with the Giants. But with other needs, and a salary cap to manage, New York had other ideas.

“It’s been a great ride,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs was drafted out of Southern Illinois. He began his college career at Coffeyville Community College and transferred to Auburn before finally settling in with the Salukis.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Are you happy to see Jacobs go? Let us know…

  • TheMick

    Didnt we all feel good when Jacobs had the ball and rumbled for 7 yards? When he moved the chains, the clock, and the momentum for us? He wore the defense down. Remember that Jacobs 4th Qtr feeling? Thanks Brandon!
    Maybe it isnt so great lately, but he still has great years in him. I am old school, and I prefer the older guy who did a lot for the team until the newer guy proves he is clearly better. So i still prefer Jacobs to Bradshaw. Not that I am mad at mngment, they are doing what they have to do.
    We will root for Jacobs wherever he goes, unless he is playing against the Giants!.

  • DeanOrff

    Real sorry to see Brandon Jacobs go. He leaves a really really big hole for the Giants to fill. Wish he and the Giants could’ve worked out a deal. ……………… The reason Brandon didn’t get as many yards as he used to the past 2 seasons was the way the offensive line has been playing………They just can’t consistently open holes for as long as they used to. That’s why the Giants get one 20-yard gain followed by 10 1-yard gains………Unless offensive line improvements are made, the best kind of running back for the Giants is a small fast guy that can get through the hole quickly before it closes up — cause with the Giants line, that hole closes up Fast.Hope Da’Rell Scott gets a bigger chance in 2012.

  • Donald Griswold

    Brandon did a good job out there but i think he could have done better considering his size. There were a lot of short yardage situations that he came up short on. But overall he was a good player. He is not an outside runner so play calling should have been better on running plays.

  • Peter

    go play for the Jets!!!!

  • steve sandlin

    Not happy to see him go, but its a business, he was effective at times and him and bradshaw complemented each other. Hopefully mgment will do a quality change and have a steady running attack to help an effective passing attack. Good that eli is releasing 1.75 million to help with the salary cap,,,but brandon was a good guy,,, and team player wished he had more touches but look we won 2 super bowls in 5 yrs,,,good run. good luck brandon wish you could have stayed….like all of pro sports,,,too many trades for fans to follow.

  • Janice

    UNHAPPY about seeing Big Blue with #27 Brandon Jacobs … it won’t be the same without him. Good Guy & Great Player ….Best Wishes in Your Future Brandon <3

  • Tommy

    A great player and a great guy. Giants should have signed him, the fans lose today. Good luck in the future Brandon!

  • John Herling

    They shouldn’t have let him go. We can only hope nthat Da’Rel Scott will be a capable replacement. None of the runners be productive until they find talented replacements for Kareem McKenzie and David Baas. Jim Cordle should be given a shot at beinhg starting center.

  • Lorraine

    Not happy at all to see him go. I was hoping they would keep him. Fast runner for a giant and knock em right down. Powerhouse. Got right in there. You can just see the enthusiasm in his running. I Wish you well #27. Gonna miss watching. I say he was good for a couple of more years!!! They couldn’t have kept him for a couple of million more after his dedication to the team… afterall he did help win two Super Bowls!! What a disappointment.

  • Kay

    Brandon Jacobs was one of my favorites. Sure, he sometimes whined but I always felt he added just a bit of “interest” by doing it and always knew that he really was a class act. I’ll miss seeing #27 and wish him well. He deserves whatever good lies ahead.

  • pat

    I’m sorry to see him go…..Just sayin!

  • Tori

    Brandon Jacobs is a professional I will always admire. Still gonna wear my lucky 27 tee when I watch Giants games, and I will continue to follow his career whereever he goes. He will definitely give his all, as he did for the G-men!

  • j sanders

    brandon jacobs was a beast. bradshaw dont even follow his blocks. i hate to see jacobs go but you got to support the team. jerry reese is a very capable gm and i trust him. now we can see what andre brown and scott can do

  • Nelson Vargas

    He was a fantastic player. He let his game do the talking. He was definitely a team player. He played tough, and went out 100 % the Gentleman. Thank you for the good times BJ, and thank you for being a classy guy. Big Blue needs more guys like you. Wish you the very very best…

  • andyg

    Jacobs has served his purpose and he got two rings out of it. I think he is an underachiever who could have and should have been a great one. Can’t blame it all on him though…..blame the offensive coordinator…Kevin Killdrive.

    Good luck Brandon…..i think the jets will be signing him….

  • Neal

    Sorry to see him go. Despite injuries and a spotty line, he gave 100 percent. He intimidated other teams. And his gung-ho attitude for his team and the game were always rousing.

  • Jane

    I am sorry to see Brandon Jacobs leave the team. He was always 100 % a Giant. No matter what it looked like on TV, he was always a load and a half to tackle. No one playing defense wanted to tackle him. They usually tried to trip him low. There will be many opposing linebackers in the NFC East , who are now cheering that they wont have to face him two times every year.

  • Bill

    not happy he left. He will come back against the Giants and burn them a new —. He was for the team. He an Eli only ones who took paycuts. He volunteer twice to do it. Thinking about the team. Nio one else did. He to me is the best RB on the team. If the OL played like they were getting payed he would of had a big year. The made a big mistake. Reese need to go.

  • Kenneth Hicks

    The problem was the Giants started giving Jacobs running plays similar to Bradshaw, that required waiting for the play to develop or cutting back. Jacobs is not a tippy-toe running back and it showed. He is an effective big back who knocks people over (contrary to earlier post that he goes down on first touch) The problem is he runs high, so he’s not as great plowing into the line on short yardage. As was noted, Jacobs did whatever was asked of him. I think the adherence to the single back set is silly when you have two quality backs. It places pressure on the defense to figure which one will get the ball and makes misdirections all the more effective. When you have two backs who can catch the ball — as Jacobs, Bradshaw and Ware can all do — well, sometimes Old School works in Modern times.

  • Bill

    I am not happy to see him go. If OL played better he could of run better. I feel he is better then Bradshaw. He ask for a cut twice for the team when only one other person did and that was Eli. Everyone else is for themselves not the team. He will come back against the Giants and burn them a new —

  • Tony

    I don’t want to see him go, don’t think they will draft a running back early either, if they do at all. I see a free agent fitting the bill. Perhaps a guy like Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis. Come to the winning side of Big blue vs. Pat’s lol

  • John Fracchia

    Sorry to see him go. Definitely like the 1-2 punch that he brought with Bradshaw. Nice to see him leave with class too. Will remain a favorite player of this era.

  • AC

    Good bye!
    Never saw a guy that big unable to break the tackle of the first guy who TOUCHES him at the line of scrimmage… terrible short yardage back…needs VERY large holes to run through.
    Giants need a top RB… Bradshaw injury prone, can’t stay on the field.

  • riga

    don’t break up a winner

  • jh

    the Giants will draft a quality running back…

  • Adam Torres

    It is what it is, this is a business & the Giants need to move on hopefully either someone on the roster steps up or maybe through the draft we can find another back.

  • Troy

    Not happy to see him go and for someone to take a pay cut two years in a row is a joke…I think him and Bradshaw are one of the best one-two punches to face in the league…our o line needs to stay healthy and look how much they produced towards the end of the season and playoffs. Combined for the season they were over 1000 yards which is fine by me with Eli ripping it up!

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