There’s apparently another gold rush in California as two Giants free agents have headed west to join the 49ers. Brandon Jacobs, who was released by the Giants earlier this month, is the latest to agree to as-yet-undisclosed terms with the team that the Giants beat in the NFC Championship Game. He joins wide receiver Mario Manningham, who signed with the 49ers last week.
Jacobs’ agreement is a one-year deal that could be worth $2 million, according to sources. He had one year left on his Giants contract with $4.9 million owed to him for 2012 before he was released.
Jacobs had made it clear upon his release that he wanted to stay close to New York where his family was very comfortable, and as recently as this morning Tom Coughlin said there was still a “possibility” for a reunion with the Giants. Instead, Jacobs is moving just about as far away from New York as he can get in the NFL.
Where he’ll fit in with a crowded 49ers backfield is a question. The 49ers already have Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter as well as Anthony Dixon and Rock Cartwright. Jacobs struggled at times to come to grips with his role as a backup with the Giants. How he’ll handle the possibility of being a third-stringer – or lower on the food chain – in San Francisco will be interesting.
As for the Giants, they have Ahmad Bradshaw as their feature running back. They also have D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown to back him up. They’ll likely add another running back in the offseason, either a veteran through free agency or a rookie in the draft.