Brandon Jacobs knows the only way he remains with the Giants is if he accepts a cut in salary and he has already stated he is willing to. But he will only go so far when it comes to giving back money.
“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” Jacobs said yesterday in an interview with Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV. “It’s a great organization. I got wonderful, great teammates. 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 not, if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”
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Jacobs, scheduled to make $4.4 million in 2012, also has a $500,000 roster bonus to be paid March 17 — if he is on the roster. If an adjusted contract agreement cannot be reached before that time, it is likely Jacobs would be cut before the Giants opt to pay him the bonus. Free agency begins March 13 and so a decision regarding Jacobs is looming in the next two weeks.
“I have no idea,” Jacobs said when asked what he expected will happen. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I want to be here. If not, there are 31 other teams out there.
“As far as I’m concerned I got another year left on my contract. I don’t know why I’m sitting here saying all this stuff. 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, 29, accepted a pay-cut prior to this past season, a move that kept him on the roster. He did not have a big season, however, rushing 152 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns. It was the least-productive season for Jacobs since 2006.
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