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Friday, February 13, 2009

Reese tags Jacobs

The Giants put the franchise tag on Brandon Jacobs. Not sure if you remember, but we noted when Charlie Casserly of CBS first suggested it as a possibility. Logical. Jacobs is injury-prone. So you insure that you get his services in his prime without giving him the store so that he is gone from football after 2 years of a 6 year deal. Jacobs may not be happy not getting a long term deal, but he'll get paid well this season and the Giants may use it as leverage to extend the deal with incentives instead of simply an enormous signing bonus.

Jacobs' transformation up the leadership ladder was tied to Strahan's retirement. Strahan was the emotional leader of the team. He had the voice that everyone looked to. Jacobs filled the void and the players responded to him. It wasn't #27's fault the Giants fell to the Eagles. He led them and they came into that game with the intensity needed. You can talk all you want about his pounding opposing defenses, but to me the indispensible part of Jacobs is the man who the players gather around before the game. He has also matured.. got smacked in the head by his mother for showboating after TDs and showing up opposing players.

Note the details about the CBA, and how the Giants may be able to get Jacobs next season as well if the contract is not renegotiated beforehand. Right now everyone is saying the right things, that everyone wants a deal done. Jacobs wants his years and bonus, the Giants want the incentives. Jacobs better realize that 2010 is a dead year too and make some concessions, because otherwise this deal is not going to happen.


Mitch said...

We are all seeing what a terrific GM Jerry Reese is. This is a wonderful "win-win" deal for the G-Men. They have dangled the carrot in front of Jacobs, and he does not seem unhappy.

Let us all see in July when training camp begins if #27 is still happy. That bears watching.

Part of being "great" is not only being productive as a player ( which Brandon is ) but the ability to stay on the field. My concern is the fact that Brandon has played only 75% of the games these past 2 seasons. I think that is what is going into the minds of Giants management. If he can prove that he can carry the mail next season....then he will get his deal.

Oxbay said...

With Burress missing Jacobs became more instrumental to the Giants success.

Bob said...

Despite the "conventional wisdom",
I really hope they can work something out with Ward also. Ward lead the team with 1400+ yds from scrimmage and was a very solid receiver coming out of the backfield.

The combination of him & jacobs is an incredible force on the ground.

Andy F. said...

I'd rather have #44 getting the snaps. Nothing against Ward. But if #44 gets us another 'weapon' then maybe gilbrown will HAVE to have all season to figure out what he can do with it. Since I want to see what is 'under the hood,' the only way that is apparently going to happen is with Ward gone.

Bob said...

I like #44 a lot also, but I feel Ward is a better overall back, given his proven ability catching passes, ability to block for Eli, and frankly the fact that he ran for 1,000 as the "other" back.

I feel #44 still has yet to really prove what he's got. Ward has already done it.

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