EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced today that they have terminated the contract of running back Brandon Jacobs, an integral component of the teams that won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Jacobs, 29, played seven seasons for the Giants. He holds the franchise record with 56 rushing touchdowns and is fourth in franchise history with 4,849 yards and fifth with 1,078 rushing attempts.
He also caught 80 passes for 730 yards and four touchdowns.
"Brandon has truly been a great Giant," general manager Jerry Reese said. "These times are always very hard for me. We had a very good conversation today. We don't know what the future holds for Brandon, but we wish only the very best for him and his family."
"Brandon helped us win two world championships," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "He always did what was in the best interest of team. No matter what you asked him to do, he performed and played in whatever role we asked him to perform. He really was a team player.
"I have always felt like Brandon could be counted on. He's a guy that is very, very good in meetings for me. He pays attention. He picks up on the message. He loves the excitement of the game. He loves everything about it – the pregame routine, the talking to his teammates, trying to motivate his teammates. He loves every part of it. I have always felt like Brandon could be counted on."
Jacobs joined the Giants as a fourth-round draft choice in 2005. He played in exactly 100 regular season games (starting 48). In 11 postseason games, Jacobs rushed for 464 yards and scored four touchdowns and caught eight passes, one for a score.
"They're all great accomplishments," Jacobs said. "I might be leaving, but my name will stay. The fans have been great for me. Everything has been good. A standup organization. I was very close with a lot of people in the organization. They're all a bunch of great people. The Mara family, the Tisch family, everybody's great. I just want to thank them for the opportunity that they've given me.
"But it's time to move on. We tried, couldn't reach an agreement. It's been great, though. I can't say anything negative about anybody in the organization. (Running backs coach) Jerald Ingram, hands down, probably the best coach I've ever experienced as an athlete. He knows so much about the game and I learned a lot from him as well."
In 2011, Jacobs was second on the Giants (behind Ahmad Bradshaw) with 571 rushing yards on 152 carries, a 3.8-yard average. He ran for seven touchdowns. Jacobs ran for a season-high 101 yards and scored two touchdowns in a victory at Dallas on Dec. 11. In the 21-17 victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI, Jacobs rushed for 37 yards on nine carries.
Jacobs became a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in 2007, when he ran for 1,009 yards despite missing five games with injuries. The following season, he had career-high totals of 1,089 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
"It's been a great ride," Jacobs said. "It's a great organization, a standup organization. I had fun. Won two Super Bowls here. I accomplished a lot in my career as a professional athlete here. That's it. It's been a good ride. Time to move on."