New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs celebrates during the Super Bowl XLVI victory celebration in downtown Manhattan. (William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE)
Well, Super Bowl rings certainly do change perspectives, don't they? New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who sounded at times during the 2011 NFL season as if he couldn't wait to get away from the Giants, now says he expects to return to Big Blue for the 2012 season.
Here is Jacobs in an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, via the Daily News:
"Well, I have spoken to my agent and I do expect to be fully back with the New York Giants next season," Jacobs said. "These guys in the front office, they've been doing this for years. They know what they've got to do. I want to be back. But they actually know what has to be done if they want me back. 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 that they do.
"So, you know, things get worked out. I definitely plan on being Big Blue for the 2012 season."
This is what Jacobs said back in October, when he wasn't playing well -- or playing much -- and no one could have foreseen a Super Bowl title.
"I'm just here, doing the best that I can do to help my team," Jacobs said. "I come out to win; it's up to them whether or not they want to use me.
"I just can't wait to get a true opportunity to get out there and show myself again, you know? Next year, hopefully. This is a business and you have to look at it that way. I just want to get out there and show myself. It's going to have to be for another team, but it is what it is. It comes with the territory."
Now, Jacobs, 30 next season, has been part of the second Super Bowl-winning team in his seven-year career and sounds like he wants to stick around. He will, however, have to forsake much of the $4.9 million he is owed for 2012 in order to make that happen. Whatever the exact number is, the Giants have work to do to get under the cap before free agency opens on March 13. Cutting Jacobs is one way to help solve their cap crunch, and despite Jacobs' remarks it is still possible.
Jacobs gained 571 yards last season, his lowest total since taking over for Tiki Barber as the primary back in 2007 -- a role he now shares with Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs averaged 3.8 yards per carry, below the 4.5 yards per carry he averages for his career.