The last time Brandon Jacobs saw the 49ers, he watched them walk off the field as losers in the NFC Championship Game.
Now he’ll be trying to help them avoid the same fate this season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the 49ers and Jacobs have agreed to terms on a contract. There are no details about those terms, but it’s a safe bet that it is for less than the $4 million that Jacobs was set to earn with the Giants before they released him earlier this month.
Jacobs gives the Niners backfield another look alongside Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Although he struggled mightily on short third and fourth down tries for the Giants in recent years, Jacobs does have a big body that defenses have a hard time stopping when it is going straight ahead. Jacobs’ biggest problem has been his mistaken belief that he can be effective running parallel to the line of scrimmage before turning upfield.
Jacobs’ other big problem has been incessant complaining about his role in the offense once the Giants decided to make Ahmad Bradshaw their lead back. Presumably he gets where he stands in the San Francisco pecking order and that won’t be a problem with his new team. If he avoids those trouble spots, there should be good results for him with the Niners.