Brandon Jacobs Wants Out: What Went Wrong, and 4 Potential Destinations

Keet BaileyCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants celebrates as he runs off the field after defeating the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It’s being reported that after Sunday night’s helmet tossing debacle, Brandon Jacobs wants out of New York.

Jacobs, a regressing, 28-year-old running back out of Southern Illinois isn’t happy with his new role with the Giants, and reportedly plans to ask management for a trade. That’s great news for fantasy owners of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw owners are already annoyed that Jacobs is taking away any carries from the young and promising running back.

But what does this mean for Jacobs, and how is his fantasy value impacted? We’re also looking at what teams Jacobs could be headed to.

The biggest issue with Jacobs is that he seems to think that the organization is out to get him. He was quoted saying “No one is your friend in this business," also mentioning that it is a “cutthroat, backstabbing business." Jacobs went on to mention that had he been making league minimum, there would be no problems, and that getting the pay day is what has brought on all of the problems.

Unfortunately, my friend, I think your poor performance lately has a lot to do with it as well.

When you are just a season removed from a $13 million signing bonus, and are set to make over $3.5 million in a season, the coaches, management, and fans are going to expect the 5.0 yards per carry that you had in 2007 and 2008, rather than the crummy 3.7 that you had in 2009, and so far just 3.3 yards per carry in 2010.


It’s not all about you. You can’t expect to get paid and not have people get concerned when you don’t perform. That’s called pulling a JaMarcus Russell, aka robbery.

Jacobs has always had a bit of a temper, and a selfish attitude. After being the third string running back at Auburn behind Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown, Jacobs decided to transfer to a D-IAA school where he could start. That’s not being a team player, and it’s also showing that he doesn’t have the will to make himself better.

Instead of trying harder and getting better to try and beat out the other running backs, he just gave up and went to a small school where he knew he’d be No. 1 on the depth chart. Coaches want to see guys that want to give 110 percent at all times, and not a guy who’s just going to give up.

His temper also flared up in 2009 against the Redskins in which he started a fight with multiple players. Was this out of frustration with the team, or the team’s performance, or was it because of his own performance?

It’s hard to tell. It’s also hard to tell why he’s regressed like he has. Fantasy owners in 2009 were very disappointed after drafting Jacobs in the first and second rounds. Heck, I was one of them.

If Jacobs wants to succeed in this league, he’s going to need an attitude adjustment, and he’s going to need to decide if he wants to play for Brandon, or he wants to better himself for the team. Players that perform up to expectations and big contracts don’t have these types of problems, which really tells us that it’s just you, Brandon.


You can’t blame the New York Giants for making you the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. You can only blame yourself.

So the next order of business is going to be finding a new team for Jacobs. I’m going to go ahead and assume that the Giants have no problems trading him. The only problem they may find is that some teams may be turned away from his somewhat smug attitude.

But there’s always a guy who is confident he can change a player. So who could be in the Jacobs race?

There are a few teams that are struggling at running back, but perhaps one dark horse team could re-unite him with a former teammate in Tampa Bay. Cadillac Williams has been struggling for Tampa, and they really don’t have a goal line threat. Williams and Jacobs could provide to be a good combo. Perhaps Jacobs could be Williams’ Ronnie Brown like at Auburn?

Another team in the mix could be Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks. I’m not holding my breath on this one. Carroll really likes Leon Washington and Justin Forsett, and there’s not any room for Jacobs in a crowded backfield, but the option remains there.

Now, it is unlikely that the Giants trade him within the division (if they do grant his wish), but if they do, he could be Philadelphia bound. Despite LeSean McCoy being able to score, they don’t have much behind him, and if he were to go down, they’d be very limited in the running game. Andy Reid is a guy that could give Jacobs a second chance and instill that confidence in Jacobs to become a top running back again.


My ultimate dark horse team, however, is the New England Patriots.

The Patriots have a lot of young talent they could look to trade away for him, and they certainly aren’t afraid to trade picks. After all, they just got picks from Laurence Maroney in the Denver deal.

The Patriots are a bit of a mess in the backfield with Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and Fred Taylor. There’s really just a lot of mediocre talent back there. The Patriots are known for grabbing guys that have attitude issues, but they are also known for grabbing guys with talent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a move for Jacobs who still has some left in the tank, and could be the feature back that he wants to be there.

So ultimately, we should be seeing the end of the Jacobs era in New York, at least for the Giants, and they could be saying hello to the Danny Ware/Ahmad Bradshaw era, with Bradshaw getting the bulk.

Even if Jacobs isn’t dealt, you can’t be confident in him as it appears that Tom Coughlin is quite bothered. Expect a nice fine for the helmet tossing incident from Commissioner Goodell, and expect Jacobs to be traded as soon as possible.


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