49ers announce signing of ex-Giant Jacobs

April 6, 2012, 11:02 pm
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Bruising running back Brandon Jacobs, released by the New York Giants last month, was formally signed by the 49ers on Friday.

Jacobs reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for a maximum of more than 2 million if he tops out his incentives. The 49ers did not release terms of the deal.

Jacobs (6-foot-4, 264 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who had 571 yards (3.8-yard average) and seven touchdowns last season as the Giants' No. 2 running back behind Ahmad Bradshaw in the regular season.

Brandon Jacobs Q&A
Are you going to be out here for good, to start the conditioning program on Monday?
I'm on my way back to Jersey tonight and I'll be back here next Sunday.

What attracted you to the 49ers?
The 49ers are a great organization, I've played against the Niners year in and year out and it's always a great challenge. (They're) a good football team, great ownership, a team that is on its way to a championship, really -- a good football team, and really close, and I felt wanted. I felt like they really wanted me around and I was excited about it.

What are your memories of NFC title game and the regular season?
The defense, the stinginess of the defense. Thy were the best defense we played all year long. both games, they didn't give up anything. It was two great games, but that's last yaer. I'm a part of this team now. The Giants, I was there for seven years but this year's the only one that mattered to me.

How did the 49ers make you feel wanted?
Speaking to (GM) Trent (Baalke) about everything made me feel wanted. When we spoke, (we talked about) as much as I can bring to the team, leadership on the higher stage. I felt like they really wanted me around and that made me feel really good, and now I'm here.
Have you talked to Frank Gore?
I haven't spoke to Frank yet. I'm looking forward to speaking with Frank here sometime this week. But I haven't spoke to him yet.

Do you anticipate competing with him in training camp?
Well, I think all of that is going to work itself out but I think as far as competing, I think that makes every one of else better. That's all that competing does -- it makes us better as a team, it makes us better at our jobs. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be able to play with Frank.

If it's 3rd-and goal on the 1-yard-line, are you getting the ball or is Frank?
Well, being about 25 to 30 pounds heavier than Frank, I would hope I would be the one to get it. But Frank has done great in that area the last seven years -- me and Frank actually came in the league the same year. He has done great. He has no issues getting there so it's whatever is best for the team, and it's a call that coach (Jim) Harbaugh makes.

Have they told you anything about your role?
You know, my role is going to come off of how much I earn. I am going to earn everything that I get and that's all to be said for that. You're not supposed to tell someone what they're going to do because it's a funny game -- things can work out for you one time and not the next time. I'm going to get as much as I earn.

49ers press release
The 49ers are pleased to add a player with Brandons wealth of experience and talent, said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. He has been productive throughout his career, and provides our offense a different dimension. We look forward to incorporating Brandon into our system.

Jacobs (6-4, 264) was originally selected in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. The seven-year veteran has played in 100 games (48 starts) for the Giants, rushing for 4,849 yards, and a franchise-record 56 touchdowns, on 1,078 carries. Jacobs also recorded 80 receptions for 730 yards and four touchdowns. In 2011, he played in 14 games (six starts) and tallied 571 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 152 carries, while adding 15 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown.

A two-time Super Bowl champion, Jacobs has played in 11 postseason games (five starts), and has rushed for 461 yards and four touchdowns on 120 carries, while adding eight receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown.

In 2008, Jacobs rushed for a career-high 1,089 yards (despite missing three games with a knee injury), while fellow Giants RB Derrick Ward ran for 1,025 yards. They became the fourth pair of running backs from the same team and the fifth set of teammates to rush for at least 1,000 yards in the same season.

A 29-year old native of Napoleonville, LA, Jacobs played at three colleges: Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Auburn and Southern Illinois. In 42 games at the three stops, he rushed for 4,003 yards with 52 touchdowns on 595 carries (6.7-yard avg.), caught 12 passes for 136 yards (11.3-yard avg.) and returned 6 kickoffs for 140 yards (23.3-yard avg.).