“Brandon helped us win two world championships,” Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He always did what was in the best interest of team. No matter what you asked him to do, he performed and played in whatever role we asked him to perform. He really was a team player."
This comes as no real surprise after Jacobs felt "insulted" earlier this week when the team offered him a restructured deal rumored to be around the $2 million range.
"Maybe he would have taken $3 million [annually]," a source told Giants 101 earlier this week. "Maybe."
Jacobs, a fourth-round pick of the Giants in the 2005 NFL Draft, will end his tenure with the team fourth all-time in rushing yards (4,849) and first all-time in rushing touchdowns (56).
The bruising back was scheduled to earn a $4.4 million base salary in 2012 as well as a $500,000 roster bonus on March 17th, but knew in order to stay with the team he'd have to restructure his deal. He was openly willing to take less to remain with the Giants, but noted he wouldn't "sell his soul" to make that happen.
"I might be leaving, but my name will stay. The fans have been great for me. Everything has been good. A standup organization," Jacobs said.
Two of the three teams already rumored to be interested in Jacobs are the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. Interestingly enough, a source informed Giants 101 on Tuesday that Jacobs was planning to move to Atlanta if he and the Giants did not reach an agreement.
UPDATE: Paul Schwartz reports the two sides got within $500,000 of a new deal, but couldn't get any closer.
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