According to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, the New York Football Giants have brought back running back Brandon Jacobs to bolster the rushing attack. Eisen wrote today, "The Giants signed Jacobs after he performed impressively at a workout this morning. Jacobs is expected to be a veteran presence in a young backfield currently staffed by a second-year starter in David Wilson, a third-year backup in Da’Rel Scott and rookie Michael Cox. Wilson was replaced by Scott after fumbling twice in the Giants’ season-opening loss on Sunday in Dallas."
Terms of Jacob's deal were not released, but there is a strong likelihood that the veteran running back was brought back for the league minimum for his experience in the NFL ($840,000), which will be pro-rated and is not guaranteed.
Complicating matters for the past week was the fact that Big Blue was over the newly revalued NFL salary cap, therefore the Giants restructured the contracts of Steve Weatherford and Chris Snee. But the team did not sign a back before the Dallas game due to a provision in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that made the salaries of veterans with at least four vested years in the league guaranteed, if they are on the 53-man roster for the first regular season game.
When asked today about his role with the Giants, Jacobs said, "Come in and work hard, and do the best I can do to help this team win."
Since week one has been completed, the salaries of vested players are no longer guaranteed, meaning Jacob's salary will be pro-rated on a week-to-week basis. It also means that he or another running back may be cut after Andre Brown returns from his stint on the injured reserved-designated for return list, most likely in November.
Jacobs played seven years for the G-men and rushed for 4,849 yards and 56 touchdowns on the ground. His best year was 2008, when he rushed for 1,089 yards and scored fifteen touchdowns for New York. He averaged an impressive 5.0 yards per carry that year, a number that the Giants would surely welcome.