With the NFL free agency officially underway, moves and rumors are surfacing all over the football community. One interesting tidbit, as reported by Aditi Kinkhabwala (of the Wall St. Journal) via her Twitter account, is that former New York Giants running back, Brandon Jacobs, met with Tom Coughlin today.
"Source tells me Brandon Jacobs went to NYG HQ tooday to see Coughlin. Said not going to rush decision and was mellow. Reunion possible?" Kinkhabwala tweeted.
Now no conclusions should be assumed here, however, there are a few factors that may point to a Jacobs return. The first is that the Green Bay Packers seem to have a distinct lead in the Mike Tolbert sweepstakes. Tolbert recently shared that he would see himself as a good fit for the Giants, but if the Packers snatch him up, the Giants would be looking at much thinner running back options.
The other factor is that, once he was released, Jacobs started talking up his interest in playing for the New York Jets. Thus far, there has not been any indication from the Rex Ryan camp that the Jets would like to have Jacobs (not to mention that Jacobs called Rex Ryan "fat boy" this past season). Putting two and two together, with Jacobs visiting Coughlin today, it may be that Jacobs simply wants to stay local and not uproot his life and family.
Either way, if Jacobs can return to the Giants for a salary he's comfortable with, the Giants offense would be relatively intact from last year. While the running game was not the prettiest part of Big Blue last season, Ahmad Bradshaw and Jacobs did come to life in the post-season, giving Eli Manning some breathing room.
And on top of it all, there cannot be a single Giants fan out there that wouldn't like seeing big Brandon Jacobs back in blue next season.
UPDATE: Justin Tuck says there's "still a chance" BJac returns to the G-Men.
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