NFC Beware: Brandon's Back

The worst nightmare for defensive players throughout the NFC came true the day before Brandon Jacobs was set to hit the open free agent market. The Giants bulldozing back re-signed with Big Blue for four more years. Jacobs will earn $25 million during his new pact, which runs through the 2012 season.

"I was confident all along that this was going to get done – I didn't panic one bit," Jacobs said. "I know the reason we did it the way we did; I knew I was going to be here. I was super-confident and I am here. I'm happy about it.

"This team is full of young talent. We brought some great talent in here the last two years and those guys are still learning and getting better. Our offensive line is great and will continue to be great. There are a lot of young guys on our team that are still playing great, great football. I'm looking for big things out of our football team next year."

Jacobs had his finest professional season in 2008, despite missing three games with a knee injury. He rushed for a career-high 1,089 yards after running for 1,009 yards in 2007 to become the fourth running back in Giants history to run for at least 1,000 yards in at least two consecutive seasons. The others were Joe Morris (1985-86), Rodney Hampton (1991-95) and Tiki Barber (2002-2006).

When New York placed the franchise tag on Jacobs it sent a very strong message not only to the running back but possible suitors as well: the Giants had no intentions at all of letting anyone near their coveted franchise running back.

"Both parties are happy to get a long-term deal done," general manager Jerry Reese said. "Now Brandon can totally concentrate on the offseason program and get himself ready to go this fall."

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