You know how I know that we’ve reached the point in free agency where it’s probably just about time to forget about free agency? Brandon Jacobs. That’s all. Just Brandon Jacobs.
Sure, there are still notable veterans still lingering on the open market. Charles Woodson will eventually be given a warm, comforting home, because in today’s NFL when passing is what all the cool teams are doing, guys who can defend passes are pretty valuable regardless of their age. For a similar reason, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham will be employed eventually too, because there’s a level of pain they can still bring off the edges to pressure the guys who throw passes, though it’s more of a minor back pain now instead of a raging headache.
But Brandon Jacobs? That’s a thing that could happen? And in New York?
Normally, I would think long and hard about dirtying my hands with the lowly Jacobs as part of our daily ritual of opining on news you can use. But this is an illustration of just how dry the market may be getting. That, or it’s an indication of how desperate agents are becoming in their attempts to drum up any April interest whatsoever and keep the Jacobs-types employed.
Early this morning the New York Post passed along a report that the Giants haven’t ruled out signing Jacobs. The report also contained a quote from someone who definitely isn’t Jacobs’ agent, and he said the running back who spent seven seasons with the Giants would “love to return to New York, obviously.”
That’s, um, interesting, but let’s pursue a few more obvious facts. Jacobs was released by the 49ers in late December after being given only five carries — five! — all season. He wasn’t worthy of a roster spot on a team that nearly won a championship, and now he’d be similarly buried among the running backs on the Giants’ depth chart at the position.
Ahmad Bradshaw was already cut as New York’s sort of old-ish RB, and he’s 27. Jacobs will turn 31 in July, and he’d be useless behind David Wilson and Andre Brown. Unlike Woodson, Freeney, and Abraham — veterans who can make a limited contribution, and they’ll be picked up eventually — Jacobs is done.