Jacobs: I'd play for Jets

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after an NFL football game. (Dec. 24, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Maybe it's Valentine's Day that has Brandon Jacobs ready to kiss and make up with Rex Ryan. More likely, though, it's the looming reality that his tenure with the Giants soon will come to an end.

The running back told The New York Times Monday that he would like to finish his career as a Giant, but if that doesn't work out, he'd be just as happy to stay in the area and play for the Jets.

The ones coached by Ryan, with whom Jacobs brushed shoulders and exchanged a litany of offensive remarks after the Dec. 24 game at MetLife Stadium? Yup, those Jets.

"It was a situation," said Jacobs, who was participating in a "TNA Impact!" wrestling show in Orlando that will air on the Spike channel this Thursday and next. "We were rivals then. There's no apology needed."

Jacobs is owed a $500,000 bonus next month plus $4.4 million in base salary in 2012, the final year of his contract. He took a pay cut last year to give the Giants flexibility to sign Ahmad Bradshaw and has suggested he would be willing to do so again. What's unclear is if the Giants are willing and how much they would offer a 30-year-old backup running back.

A decision on Jacobs likely will be made by the Giants by the time his bonus is due. That's on March 17. If the Giants don't want him, that day could signal the wearin' of the green for Jacobs.

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"I like the way Rex handles his business," he told the Times. "The guys on that team I know, know how I feel."

Notes & quotes: Giants assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. has been hired as offensive line coach for the Chiefs under Romeo Crennel . . . Mike Sullivan, one of the original coaches on Tom Coughlin's Giants staff, was hired as the Bucs' offensive coordinator last week. Sullivan coached the wide receivers for six seasons and the quarterbacks the last two. "At a time when a lot of coaches and a lot of general managers are blocking assistants from having a chance to pursue other opportunities, advancements if you will, I will be eternally grateful for coach Coughlin and Jerry Reese supporting me in this," Sullivan said . . . The Giants signed DE Craig Marshall, TE Ryan Purvis and OL Chris White to reserve/future contracts.

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