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Brandon Jacobs Release Adds Strong Running Back Option For Chiefs In NFL Free Agency

Mike Garafolo is reporting that the New York Giants are releasing popular running back Brandon Jacobs today after seven seasons with the team. One half of the famed Thunder and Lightning duo, Jacobs has seen his playing time diminish and now at 29, the Giants have decided to turn the corner after the better part of a decade.

“Jacobs, 29, was scheduled to earn a total of $4.9 million in base salary and a roster bonus that was due later this month,” writes Garafolo. “The Giants met with his representatives during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis late last month and requested he hack that number down to a much more manageable figure. Jacobs resisted and, after one final attempt to bridge the gap today, he was informed of his impending release.”

The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles coming back next season after tearing his ACL, but the health risk will force the team to address the position. It’s also been the team’s priority thus far to pair Charles with a complementary option, even when healthy. Jackie Battle, Le’Ron McClain and Thomas Jones are both free agents, which means Charles could be the only returning back on the team.

Jacobs would give the Chiefs a perfect complement to Charles as a power back while also giving the team someone experienced in case Charles isn’t back completely. Jacobs ran 152 times for 571 yards and 7 touchdowns last season in New York.