Jacobs played in 100 games with the Giants from 2005-2011, racking up almost 5,000 yards and scoring 56 touchdowns.
He signed with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2012 season, but only appeared in two games, with just five carries for seven yards after a knee injury and suspension. He was waived by San Francisco in December.
"Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said. “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks here and there, and I’ll do whatever I have to do."
His veteran contract will not be guaranteed.
The Giants signed Jacobs, 31, after Andre Brown was placed on injured reserve after breaking his leg during the preseason and starter David Wilson coughed the ball up twice in the first game of the season.
UPDATE: 6:51PM....The Giants have made it official. RB Brandon Jacobs is back on a one-year deal.
“Whatever they need me to do,” Jacobs said. “Whatever role they want me to play, I’ll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they’ve made some tweaks here and there, and I’ll do whatever I have to do. I look forward to teaming up with David and Cox and Da’Rel and Dre (Andre Brown) whenever he gets back and try to make everybody around us better. We want to be the group that leads the team to victory.The Giants have stated Jacobs will wear No. 34 for now, unless Brown, who is on IR, agrees to hand Jacobs back his old number
“The Giants have given me a great opportunity. This is where I wanted to be. These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most.”
“I’m ready to go,” Jacobs said. “If I need to go Sunday, I can go Sunday. There’s no issue. I’ll be really excited. Now I just have to try to get Stevie Brown on the phone (so he can negotiate getting back his familiar No. 27 jersey).”
Like I said yesterday, Jacobs may not be the best option for the Giants but he's probably the right one. Something had to be done. The David Wilson/Da'Rel Scott tandem isn't very promising right now.
Jacobs, who obviously worked out well for his old bosses today, will bring experience and some swagger back to the offense. He knows the playbook and will also serve as a backdoor protector for Eli and a sounding board for the younger backs and players. Not to mention a "go-to" guy for the media, taking some pressure off the other veterans.