Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram said Jacobs is “hoping and praying” to re-sign with New York, Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reported Wednesday night.
The Giants invested a first-round pick on Wilson in 2012, and they tendered Brown at the second-round level in restricted free agency earlier in the offseason. Those commitments alone suggest Wilson and Brown will have important roles in the backfield.
The Giants could perhaps use a little more running back depth, and Jacobs and the still-unsigned Ahmad Bradshaw know the offense. However, the team previously parted ways with each veteran back. Jacobs is 31, and Bradshaw is coming off foot surgery.
Bradshaw and Jacobs have a combined 1,999 regular-season carries for the Giants. That work helped New York win two NFL titles. Both backs don’t ever have to step foot on the field again for the Giants to have legacies with the club.