Brandon Jacobs Signs With San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have done it again, signing another high profile free agent to add even more depth to an already talented roster.
Jacobs had previously spent his entire seven-year career with the New York Giants, winning championships in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI with the team. During his time with the Giants, Jacobs rushed for 4,849 yards on 1,078 carries (a 4.5 average), with 56 touchdowns. He added an additional 730 yards receiving with 80 catches, and four touchdowns.
The 29-year-old running back is yet another offseason transaction by the 49ers, making one wonder if someone will call the 2012 49ers a “Dream Team” much like the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles denoted themselves.
Though the 49ers already have starter Frank Gore and backup Kendall Hunter in the backfield, Jacobs could be a very valuable asset in short yardage and goal line situations. Hunter was a rookie last season and is therefore too inexperienced to be a stable backup to Gore. Due to Hunter’s size and speed, he’d likely be used for screens, giving Jacobs more opportunities to spell Gore.
The 49ers offense was one of the worst in the league when it came to red zone offense, but Jacobs could provide an upgrade to the team in that area. Gore is still the man in San Francisco and should be one of the top taken in fantasy drafts, but Jacobs could put up solid numbers in a game with just a few carries, as long as they are for touchdowns. Other than that, Jacobs could be a good person to have on the bench in case anything happens to Gore.