Brandon Jacobs Signs with New York Giants

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 10, 2013

Free-agent running back Brandon Jacobs is reportedly set to sign with the New York Giants, the franchise with which he spent seven of his previous eight NFL seasons.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 broke the news of the reunion on Tuesday:

This is a timely and perhaps desperate signing for the G-Men, who don't have much running-back depth at the moment.

Michael Eisen of transcribes this quote from Jacobs:

“The Giants have given me a great opportunity. This is where I wanted to be. These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most.”

Jacobs expressed his desire to rejoin the team on Twitter ahead of his workout:

2012 first-round pick David Wilson is an explosive player, but he lost two fumbles in the Giants' Week 1 36-31 road loss to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys.  

Wilson's backup, Andre Brown, fractured his leg in the preseason finale, and won't be eligible to return until after Week 8 since he's been placed on injured reserve. With the Giants having a Week 9 bye, Brown is expected back for Week 10.

The only other backs on the roster are Da'Rel Scott and rookie seventh-round pick Michael Cox out of Massachusetts. Scott replaced Wilson in Sunday night's game but had an Eli Manning pass graze his hand and go right to Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. It resulted in a pick-six and proved costly for the Giants.

Given the current state of the New York backfield, the addition of Jacobs makes sense. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride began calling the plays in 2007, which was Jacobs' first of back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

That was also the year the Giants happened to upset the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. In Jacobs' last season in New York, the team won another Super Bowl over the Pats.

Whether Jacobs is the answer remains to be seen, because he did not make a strong impression in a failed two-game stint with the San Francisco 49ers last season. A knee injury in training camp slowed him, as he carried the ball only five times for seven yards in 2012.

Jacobs is also 31 years old, and because he's just north of 260 pounds, that running style has to have taken its toll on the veteran ball-carrier.  

Then again, some time away from the game to rest and heal up may have done him some good. Evidently, he's in good enough shape for the Giants to give him another shot, and they wouldn't have signed him if they didn't feel he could contribute.

A return to the organization that selected him in Round 4 of the 2005 draft and saw him blossom could be just the change of scenery Jacobs needs to revive his career. The Giants are hoping he is just what they need to spark the running game.