RB Wants to Return But Cap Crunch Makes Him Candidate to be Released
Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs has helped the Giants win two Super Bowls. He wants to stick around for another. Unfortunately for him, he has gotten too expensive for his production. The Giants are over the salary cap to the tune of around $9 million and need to cut people and salaries as the 2012 season approaches in order to make ends meet.
Jacobs' contract, which has reached its final year, has outgrew him. His salary for the upcoming season is reportedly $4.4 million. Add in the deferred bonus and his cap figure hovers close to $5 million. His contract is past the guarantee stage. He will have to agree to a significant pay cut this spring or he will be subjected to being released.
"If they don’t want me back then that’s another story in itself, then nothing has to be done. But I got a feeling they do," Jacobs stated in an interview this morning on SiriusXM. "I definitely plan on being Big Blue for the 2012 season.”
That's all well and good, but the Giants are cap-strapped for the second straight off-season. They have over 20 potential free agents on their roster and several others who will be demanding pay raises and new deals. Jacobs is no longer a priority. Not his fault the NFL became a passing league...
This could be the spell of Jacobs' Giant career. Too bad, because you hate to cut a guy who wants to be here as much as he does. You can't keep everyone and you also can't keep everyone happy. Unfortunately, Jacobs won't be the only cap casualty, I'm afraid