It was strictly a business move.

Unable to reach an agreement on a reduced salary, the Giants terminated the contract of Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs, 29, wanted to return to the Giants, but the Giants did not want to pay his $4.4 million salary. Jacobs had a $500,000 roster bonus coming his way on March 17th and a $100,000 workout bonus. By letting the burly back go, the Giants gave given themselves $5 million in salary cap relief. 

Giants fans know that Ahmad Bradshaw is the Giants starter and future at running back. Essentially, Bradshaw replaced Jacobs as the starter in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. The combo formed an impressive duo during their four years together on the Giants, but both the Giants and Jacobs are ready to move on. 

Jacobs’ intense demeanor will be missed, but his inability to run ‘north-and-south’ on a consistent basis, will not. The question becomes–who sets up and takes Jacobs’ 151 vacant carries? Plus Bradshaw doesn’t have the cleanest bill of health in the league. People questioned the Giants letting Steve Smith go last year. Those same people are probably questioning the Jacobs move, but it’s all a part of the plan.