The New York Giants have kept their word, and signed running back Brandon Jacobs, or "Earth" in the teams 3-headed rushing attack dubbed "Earth Wind and Fire". Jacobs, the G-men's 264-pound workhorse, signed a four-year, $25 Million extension including $13 Million in guaranteed Jacobs will earn $15 over the first two years.
"I was confident all along that this was going to get done I didn't panic one bit," Jacobs said "I know the reason we did it the way we did; I knew I was going to be here. I was super-confident and I am here. I'm happy about it."
Jacobs was designated the team's franchise player and was guaranteed $6.6 million for the upcoming season.
"This team is full of young talent," Jacobs said. "We brought some great talent in here the last two years and those guys are still learning and getting better. Our offensive line is great and will continue to be great. There are a lot of young guys on our team that are still playing great, great football. I'm looking for big things out of our football team next year."
Brandon Jacobs received a much greater role with the Giants following the retirement of Tiki Barber after the 2006 season, . He responded with the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2007 and helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl championship.
Last season, Jacobs rushed for a career-best 1,089 yards and led the team with 15 rushing touchdowns despite missing three games with a knee injury. Derrick Ward or the "Wind" component of the trio, ran for 1,025 yards to make the Giants only the fifth team ever with two 1,000-yard running backs, is also due to become a free agent. The Giants' No. 2 running back is likely to command big money to be a starter elsewhere.
The Giants were committed to Jacobs.
"Both parties are happy to get a long-term deal done," general manager Jerry Reese said. "Now Brandon can totally concentrate on the offseason program and get himself ready to go this fall."