It is a bit ironic to think that a former New York Giant player could be the answer for the Dallas Cowboys current running woes. But let’s not forget that the great Tom Landry was also a Giant. The former New Yorker in question today is running back Brandon Jacobs, currently with the San Francisco 49ers. Could the big bruiser of a back be the answer the Cowboys are looking for to solidify their injury plagued backfield?
Jacobs currently sits third on the depth chart in San Francisco, behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. The 49ers also picked up running back LaMichael James in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Although he hasn’t requested a trade out of the Bay area, Jacobs can not be happy with his current situation. The eight year veteran has exactly “zero” carries so far this year after injuring his knee in the pre-season. Jacobs claims he’s health enough to play and has been for about a month. Still, the 49ers coaching staff continues to place him on the inactive list. Jacobs is clearly just insurance for the often injured Frank Gore. But a mid-round draft pick or two may be just enough to pry him loose.
Dallas is rumored to have inquired about the availability of St. Louis Ram’s veteran running back Steven Jackson. Ram’s head coach Jeff Fisher all but dispelled that rumor earlier this week be proclaiming they intend to keep Jackson for the rest of the season. Jacobs would be a logical alternative. A power back like Jacobs would make a nice complement to the shifty DeMarco Murray.
The former fourth round pick out of Southern Illinois has rushed for nearly 5,000 yards and has had 60 touchdowns in his seven year career. Jacobs turned 30 in July. He was released by the Giants earlier this year after a contract despite. New York then drafted rookie running back David Wilson in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. They also found a hidden gem in journeyman back Andre Brown.
Salary-wise, Jacobs signed a one-year, $1.575 million contract with the 49ers in March. This is a steal for a veteran running back of his stature.
With the recent play of back-up Felix Jones, Dallas should really consider making this deal. Jacobs would be an immediate upgrade to their ailing backfield and should make the easiest of transitions. At 6-4 and 264 lbs., Jacobs would also be an tremendous asset in the short yardage game, which the Cowboys have struggled with.