Brandon Jacobs’ pay for the 2012 season was scheduled to be $4.9 million. There was a 0% chance he was going to get that, of course, as Jacobs has already repeatedly acknowledged. Jacobs was, however, willing to take a pay cut, but he wouldn’t “sell his soul” (bend over) to stay with the Giants. I previously had guessed that the Giants would probably ask Jacobs to peel off at least half that total if he wanted to stay with the team (and that’s even if the Giants wanted him back at all). At the time I figured that taking a 50% pay cut would qualify as (in Jacobs-speak) “selling his soul.” But that was the reality he faced, and according to Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger, the two sides couldn’t agree on a reduced contract.
The Giants are already over the cap, and even worse, the cap may actually be lower than originally anticipated, which will make it that much more challenging for the Giants to get under. Jacobs had become nothing more than a role player, at least in the Giants’ offense, as evidenced by his 373 snaps (just 26% of the Giants’ offensive snaps) in 2011.
Jacobs may have trouble finding a team out on the open market interested in his declining skills, and even his skill-set for that matter, as the big bruising back is going the way of the dinosaur in the NFL, especially when said “bruiser” often approaches the line of scrimmage like a tippy-toe ballarina. If Jacobs wants to continue on as a professional football player, it wouldn’t be crazy to see him do so at (or near) the league minimum.
But at least he has two rings, and one of the best trucking highlights of all time.