Brandon Jacobs, The Next Great New Orleans Saints Running Back

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Running Back Brandon Jacobs (Source: gacksports.com)

Last month I wrote an article about the Saints bringing back Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins, because I think he has a strong running style and has learned over time how to be a pro and take care of his body. Well, I think the same thing about the Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs would be another great choice at running back that could help the Saints in their quest for the ultimate prize and bring back the Lombardi Trophy. Jacobs looked good last year and is rumored to be unhappy with his playing time behind Ahmad Bradshaw.

If the Saints can sign Jacobs away from the New York Giants this off-season, it will also bring Brandon back to Louisiana, back near his home town of Houma, just a short drive to the Superdome. 

Jacobs, 28, has two more seasons to go on his contract with the Giants but I don’t believe he will be finishing that commitment in a Giants uniform.

Jacobs was very effective last season, no doubt, gaining 823 yards and averaging a career-best 5.6 yards per carry with 9 touchdowns. There is little doubt, though, that the Giants want to move away from Jacobs as the primary back (his 147 carries were his lowest total since Tiki retired.)

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  • Leonard Anderson

    If we could sign him to maybe a two year deal then I’d say go for it. Signing Ray Edwards would relieve some of the stress that our defense will be under from the 4 game suspension that looms over Will Smith. After many hours pouring over Mock drafts this past month, I have no clue as to who we will draft in the first round. BPA is how I think we’ll Draft. Defensive tackle, DE or maybe a running back like Mikel Lashoure from Illinois.

    • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

      I agree because all of those positions you mentioned are needs for the Saints, But i really think the Saints should trade their first & third picks to move up in the draft and get Defensive end Robert Quinn out of North Carolina, that guy is a beast who plays like Ndamukong Suh in detroit, who causes all kinds of havoc in the oppositions back field finishing his rookie year with 10 sacks, thats what the Saints need. Thanks for the comment Leonard

    • Keith Null

      Here is the hook in all of this…if the Saints are able to snag Edwards in free agency then the draft may play out much differently. His addition would help eleviate the stree of the Saints takign a d-lineman and allow more flexibility to pick the best player availilble. If you recall the Saints signed three defensive tackles earlier this off-season inking Tom Johnson, Swanson Miller and Mitch King to contracts indicating the draft is not where they wanted to targer defensive tackles. Alos there is still a chance the team could free agent Shaun Rogers.

  • http://uscommonsense.net/blog/ U.S. Common Sense

    The first reason I can think of why this WON’T happen is because of the injuries that have plagued Jacobs over the past two years. Would the Saint’s invest the money/pick(s) necessary to take an ox like Jacobs away from the Giants, especially when he has probably only 3 functional years left in him? Being a straight North-and-South power rusher puts tremendous strain on the body, especially on someone know to plow through two or three people straight on with each snap.

    • Keith Null

      Jacobs is a bull dozer for sure but a prodcutive one, so the Saints likely wouldn’t mind landing the big man. Running back is a physical position and injuries go along with that, which has ushered in the era of multiple back systems. The Saints obviously would take caution with Jacobs by implementing a three headed rushing attack to limit his carries to a reasonable amount.

      • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

        Right on the spot with that comment Keith, Jacobs will be sharing the backfield and carries as well.But as far as jacobs being injury prone, he has only missed 10 games since being drafted in 2005 while playing in 86.

  • mike

    LOL. Take him! me thinks you only watched a few Giants games. I watched ALL of them. So, take him. Please!

    • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

      The Giants didn’t think the same as you Mike in 09 when they signed Jacobs to a 4 year 25 million dollar contrat. But with the emergence of Bradshaw, Jacobs started getting less carries and some animosity grew between them and it spilled over in 2010. Sometimes a player just needs a new beginning, but his numbers don’t lie, Jacobs rushed 147 times last year for 823 yards and 9 touchdowns and only 2 fumbles in 2010. Bradshaws numbers last year were better 276 carries for 1235 yards 8 touchdowns with 7 fumbles, but he had almost twice as many carries, more fumbles and gained only 412 yards more than Jacobs. I do think the Giant will resign Bradshaw and release Jacobs once the new CBA is in place. With that said i think the Saints will be able to pick him up cheap and not have to pay anything to the Giants in return