Has Brandon Jacobs truly played his last down in a New York Giants uniform?
Both he and Ahmad Bradshaw have come out and said how much they enjoy playing with one another, together they are one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFL. However, with Bradshaw set to make a huge pay day after a 1235 yard season, it may not be an option to keep both of them.
I assure you the Giants will do whatever they can to keep Jacobs—they love his style—but remember this is a delicate situation. Jacobs has been known to be set off quite easily.
Too many requests for him to take a salary cut and he could walk right out the door and demand a trade.
Bradshaw said earlier this year that he didn't think the Giants would be able to keep them both around financially. The team told him he is a first priority to re-sign, so what that means for Jacobs' future we don't know.
The lockout could actually help Jacobs stick around, since teams are not able to trade during this time. Too long of a lockout could deter teams from bringing in someone new.
The falling out Jacobs had in the locker room with photographers did not indicate how happy he was at the end of the 2010 season. He was the starter, he was getting the goal line touches, and he was dominating because he was so fresh.
He mentioned how that was the most fun he had in a long time. The incident when he cussed at reporters was a momentary lapse and should be attributed to frustration rather than ill will towards the team that has employed him his whole career.
With how many free agents the Giants are attempting to keep in house, he might be the odd man out and get traded to keep the Giants under the salary cap. Steve Smith, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, and Ahmad Bradshaw will all get multi-million dollar deals.
With the way he ran towards the end of the season it pains me to say it, but I think Jacobs may have played his last down for the Giants.
There are also a couple other, somewhat obvious guys I would like to point out, and here they are.