The NFL’s free-agency period opens on March 13th and the Giants' seven-year veteran running back is due a $500,000 roster bonus on March 17th. Thus far, the Giants and Jacobs’ camp have been unable to reach a deal on a restructured contract.
While Jacobs is more than happy to take a cut in his salary for 2012, his unwillingness to “sell his soul” will likely result in the burly back’s exit from New York.
After a dismal 2011 campaign for Jacobs and the wrong side of 30 quickly approaching, perhaps the split is due. The loose-lipped Jacobs has caused his fair share of problems in the past for the Giants. With his poor play joining the mix, his presence might do little to benefit the defending Super Bowl champions in the long run.
Fortunately for the Giants, there is a heap of talent in this year’s draft class at the running back position that could pair well with their starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Here’s a look at five players that could replace Jacobs in the 2012 NFL Draft.