Brandon Jacobs keeps reiterating he expects to return

Brandon Jacobs is reiterating his desire to remain with the New York Giants in 2012, a sign the veteran running back knows a substantial pay cut will have to be made for him to stick.

Jacobs took a sizeable trim in 2011 to stick with the Giants and he’ll likely have to give up more this time around with his base pay set to be $4.4 million and a $500,000 roster bonus due next month. That total of $4.9 million is too much to pay a part-time back and Jacobs seems to understand as much.

Well, I have spoken to my agent and I do expect to be fully back with the New York Giants next season," Jacobs said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “These guys in the front office, they’ve been doing this for years. They know what they gotta do. I want to be back. But they actually know what has to be done if they want me back.”

The Giants are roughly $9 million over the salary cap and they have to get that in line before free agency opens March 13. That’s going to create some heavy lifting for general manager Jerry Reese.

"If they don’t want me back then that’s another story in itself, then nothing has to be done. But I got a feeling that they do," Jacobs said. "So, you know, things get worked out. I definitely plan on being Big Blue for the 2012 season.”

If he gets his wish, we’ll see soon what kind of pay trim he needs to take. Keep in mind, even if his pay is trimmed it still might be as much or more than he would receive on the open market.

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