If San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs wants to keep burning bridges wherever he plays, it is going to be hard for him to find a job. Given his level of production, as well as attitude behind the scenes, you have to wonder why anyone would want him now.
On Monday, the 49ers announced they had suspended Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season because he was expressing frustration with his playing time via social media sites, including one where he claimed he was "on this team rotting away."
According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Jacobs wants to play for the New York Giants, who he spent the first seven years of his career with, and is going to file a grievance appealing his suspension.
Jacobs did not endear himself to the Giants after he signed with San Francisco, saying in a radio interview (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) that the reason he struggled with consistency in his final seasons with the Giants was because of the offensive line.
When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line. Of course I took the blame for those (because I was) holding the ball. But ultimately, at the end of the day it is my fault because I do have the ball and that’s what people see. But there’s a lot more than that going on.
What purpose does it serve to talk ill of a team that not only gave you a chance to play in the NFL for seven years, but provided you with two Super Bowl rings and helped make your career?
Jacobs went to San Francisco for the money, as he says in that interview. There is nothing wrong with that—it's not like he is the only player that has ever taken the money—but you have to give the team a reason to play you.
We have seen this year with Alex Smith just how little Jim Harbaugh cares about being "loyal" to a player that has performed well for him. Harbaugh is going to go with the players he feels give his team the best chance to win.
If Jacobs was upset with his playing time—to date, he has just five carries for seven yards and played in just two games—he should have made it so Harbaugh had a reason to give him more playing time.
The NFL, more than any other sport in this country, is a cutthroat business. Teams are forced to make decisions every single week about who to start, sit, release, etc.
You can't go around complaining about all of the teams and teammates that helped make you a star, or else it is going to be difficult to find a job.
Given the immature way that Jacobs handled his exit from the Giants, as well as everything going on with the 49ers, there is no reason to think that an NFL team would, or should, give him a job until he gets his act together.