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Brandon Jacobs' soul not on the table

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants carries

Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants carries the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

The weekly yo-yoing of Brandon Jacobs’ future with the Giants is once again on the move. Two weeks ago he floated the idea of playing for Rex Ryan and the Jets. A week ago he said that he “fully expects” to be back with the Giants in 2012. And this week?

In an interview with WNBC’s Bruce Beck, the running back said that he’d like to be back with the Giants but he is “not willing to sell my soul.” In other words, he’s willing to take a pay cut to return for an eighth season with Big Blue, but not a salary slash.

“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” he said. “I have wonderful, great teammates, man. I won a second Super Bowl here with this organization. But I’m not willing to sell my soul. It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it, but if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”

Jacobs said that a compromise in salary has been discussed, “but like I said, I’m not willing to sell my soul.”

Maybe Jacobs should have Daniel Webster representing him in these negotiations.

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Jacobs pointed out that he is still under contract for another year. But he knows as well as anyone that the Giants will not pay him the $4.9 million he is owed for the 2012 season, including a $500,000 roster bonus due in about two and a half weeks. So will he be a Giant in 2012?

“I have no idea,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I want to be. If not, there’s 31 other teams out there.”

Jacobs said he feels healthy and would like to play another three seasons. “I still have a lot of gas in my tank and I’m ready to go,” he said. He’ll be 30 when the next NFL season begins.

His future, though, is not entirely up to him.

“There’s stuff that can be done if they want me around,” he said. “If they want it to work out, it’s going to work out. If they don’t want it to work out, it’s not going to work out. That’s all I can say.”


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