If Brandon Jacobs is the Brandon Jacobs of old, then he’ll be paid like the Brandon Jacobs of old.
That’s basically the essence of the restructured deal that he and the Giants have agreed to, according to sources, trimming his $4.65 million base salary for the 2011 season slightly and turning the lost wages into incentives. His 2012 base salary is untouched.
Why would the Giants do that? To get some relief from the salary cap and inch closer to signing Ahmad Bradshaw to a deal. Bradshaw, the free agent running back who usurped Jacobs as the starter last season, is running out of teams to sign with (although to be fair, even when he was dangling other options in public, he always said he’d like to return to New York). Armed with a little more money, the Giants can now re-approach Bradshaw and see if there can be an agreement there.