49ers announce signing of ex-Giant Jacobs

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49ers announce signing of ex-Giant Jacobs

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.).

Jim Harbaugh: I deserve a medal for lasting so long under 49ers ownership

Jim Harbaugh: I deserve a medal for lasting so long under 49ers ownership

In Kyle Shanahan’s first breath after being introduced as 49ers head coach on Feb. 9, he mentioned Jim Harbaugh, along with Bill Walsh, George Seifert and Steve Mariucci.

The head coach of Michigan was listening, and he appreciated the gesture.

“It was very flattering that he said nice things about us at his news conference, and I appreciated that,” Harbaugh said on "The TK Show," a podcast from Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.

“Now, I don’t think I was there long enough to be compared with Bill Walsh or Coach Seifert, etc. But I think did – and correct me if I’m wrong – I think we did set a record for coaching there the longest under the present ownership, if I’m not wrong.”

That is correct.

Since John and Denise York took over control of the 49ers in 2000 from Denise’s brother, Eddie DeBartolo, the 49ers have employed eight head coaches. Mike Nolan was fired after seven games of his fourth season. The two coaches who followed Harbaugh -- Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly -- were fired after 5-11 and 2-14 seasons, respectively.

Harbaugh’s teams advanced to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance. He and the 49ers “mutually parted ways,” the club announced, immediately after the team finished with an 8-8 record in 2014.

“I take pride in that,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe there should be an endurance medal, a courage medal, for that.”

Shanahan mentioned Harbaugh during his opening remarks at the introductory press conference earlier this month:

“I’ve got to start out thanking Jed and the whole York family. Giving me this opportunity is, it’s a dream come true and it’s not just an opportunity to be a head coach, but to be a head coach at a place like this where you talk about Bill Walsh, you talk about George Seifert, Steve Mariucci, Jim Harbaugh and you can go down the line with the coaches.”

Said Harbaugh, “Just appreciated it. Appreciated it, and not just for me personally, but appreciated that for all the wonderful players we had and the wonderful coaches and the effort that was put in. People poured their hearts and souls into those years. It’s just appreciated that Kyle would make that comment.”

Harbaugh said he has deep respect for Shanahan and new 49ers general manager John Lynch, whom Harbaugh asked to speak to his Stanford teams during his four-year tenure as head coach.

“Yeah, I would’ve loved to have worked for John Lynch,” Harbaugh said. “He reminds me a lot of the athletic director we have here Warde Manuel, who’s also a former player and a teammate of mine. Common sense guys who are team guys, just the way they go about their business always speaks volumes.

“I thought John took note when they were going through the process. e didn’t want his name mentioned and I think that’s . . . I don’t know if a lot of people noticed that, but I think that’s a profound thing. I think that speaks volumes for who he is as a person. He wants to do a good job and it’s for the right reasons. He’s a competitor at the highest level, so I have great respect for that.”

Kawakami also asked Harbaugh about whether he believes quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still capable of being an NFL starter.

“There’s no doubt he can be an NFL starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said.

“I’m sure Kyle, the coaching staff there and John will meet on it, they’ll think about it, they’ll watch, much like we did when we got in there in 2011. And they’ll make the best decision they can for the team and the organization and it’ll play out the way it’s going to play out.”

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

During the month the 49ers had no general manager or head coach, Tom Gamble was the next-highest-ranking football official and was charge of the personnel department on an interim basis.

But CEO Jed York made it clear from the beginning Gamble, whom Trent Baalke promoted to assistant general manager just prior to the start of training camp last summer, would not be considered for a promotion to general manager.

John Lynch, with no front-office experience, was hired over Arizona’s Terry McDonough and Minnesota’s George Paton. Before Lynch’s introductory press conference, he hired two top lieutenants in the personnel department to usurp Gamble on the organization's power structure.

On Wednesday, the 49ers announced what had become inevitable: Gamble was leaving the organization.

“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” Gamble said in a statement. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Lynch’s first move as general manager was to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to serve as 49ers vice president of player personnel.

Lynch worked alongside Peters when Lynch took part in Broncos meetings and prospect evaluations, which included a trip to the NFL scouting combine, prior to the 2013 draft.

“That month, month-and-a-half, I actually sat next to Adam every day,” Lynch told CSNBayArea.com. “Those are long meetings. I’d listen to him and we’d talk in between about players. I just saw way back then, he’s a guy who’s highly respected in the league. I firmly believe in two, three years, he would’ve been a GM. He was on that track, at least.”

During Lynch’s introductory press conference a week later, he announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive. Lynch and Mayhew were teammates in the secondary for Lynch’s first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mayhew spent seven seasons as Detroit Lions general manager. Mayhew should be able to provide Lynch with valuable counsel as learns on the job after spending the past eight seasons as a TV analyst on FOX.

“Martin has sat in the seat as a general manager and his experience will play an integral role in helping us locate the type of football player we want representing this organization both on the field and in the community,” Lynch said.

Gamble recently completed his 29th NFL season and his 10th with the 49ers in two stints. After he was fired as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of personnel late in the 2014 season, and came back to the 49ers in the 2015 offseason.

While with the Eagles, Gamble was one of the few individuals in the front office who worked well with Chip Kelly. Gamble played an important role in speaking up for Kelly and bringing him to the 49ers last offseason.

Kelly and Baalke were fired after the 49ers' 2-14 season, and the 49ers promoted the ability to create a fresh start when a new coach and general manager. While the 49ers were expecting Gamble to remain with the organization through the draft, his spot with the organization was going to be tenuous with a new regime.

“He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him,” Lynch said in a statement. “After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities.”