Brandon Jacobs said he "expects" to be back with the Giants for the 2012 season, which is a much stronger word than anything he's said in the past few weeks when he's simply hoped and wanted to return. But the basis for that expectation, he admitted, is merely "a feeling."

"I have spoken to my agent and I do expect to be fully back with the New York Giants next season," the running back said on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday. "These guys in the front office, they've been doing this for years . . . 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."

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Jacobs is entering the final year of his contract, a four-year deal on which he is owed $4.9 million. Half a million of that is due to him on March 17, and it's unclear if the Giants will pay it to retain him or release him and make him a free agent. Jacobs has been smoothing over some relationships just in case the latter happens; last week he said he wouldn't mind playing for the Jets and Rex Ryan even though they had a run-in during the Dec. 24 game.

If Jacobs does return to the Giants, it seems unlikely it will be under the terms of his current contract. He's already made it clear he'd be willing to take a fair pay cut, as he did for the 2011 season.

Jacobs said there's no reason the Giants can't win another Super Bowl in 2012.

"I think we found something," he said of the team's late-season turnaround. "What we were trying to find all year long I think we found it at the right time and when the season kicks off next year that is going to be in place and it's going to be hard to beat us."

Whether that "us" includes Jacobs or not will have to be decided.