New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs restructured his deal in 2011 so that the team could retain then-free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw. If the Giants' continued cap woes are any indication, they may ask him to do so again.
Jacobs went on record last week as saying he wouldn't mind re-restructuring his deal, "as long as it's fair."
"I just want everything to be fair," he said according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. "I feel like I put a lot of hard work and dedication into what I do as well and whatever their plans are to try to keep me around here, hopefully we can get it discussed and get things figured out because this is where I want to be."
The first thing that would have to be done is to afford Jacobs a $500,000 roster bonus in March; the next likely step would be to restructure Jacobs' deal. Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders has the Giants dangerously close to the cap, and in need of a cap-cutting move to even have enough money for their rookies.
So should the Giants bring him back?
It never hurts to have a backup with whom the team has comfort putting the ball in their hands. The question is, do the Giants have that comfort?
That's hardly the only reason for it, though. His production was sporadic in 2011, but it has been for much of his career (53 career regular season games above 4 YPA, 47 below 4 YPA).
The Giants don't necessarily have to give him his roster bonus, and if they choose not to do so, they'll be off the hook for his $4.4 million salary in 2012. That would be the perfect opportunity for the Giants to part ways with the aging running back.