How low will Brandon Jacobs go to stick with Giants?

Brandon Jacobs says he isn’t willing to sell his soul to return to the New York Giants.

Then, what is he willing to part with?

Because the guess here is Jacobs will not be back with Big Blue unless he agrees to a dramatic reduction in pay for the 2012 season.

“I want to stay in New York a whole lot, man, because this is where I started,” Jacobs told WNBC-TV, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “It’s a great organization. I got wonderful, great teammates. I won a second Super Bowl here with this organization. But I’m not willing to sell my soul, you know? It’s a great organization and I want to be a part of it, but if not, if they’re not feeling the same way, then so be it.”

The numbers are pretty simple. Jacobs is due a $500,000 roster bonus this month and his base pay for 2012 is set to be $4.4 million. That’s the kind of money a team would pay a top back or a clear No. 1. Jacobs split time last season when he carried 152 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns. That’s not worthy of nearly $5 million.

Jacobs is 29 and he adds value to the offense. There is no question about that. But his idea of that value and the club’s idea could be quite different.

“I have no idea,” Jacobs said when asked what he expected will happen. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I want to be here. If not, there are 31 other teams out there.

“As far as I’m concerned I got another year left on my contract. I don’t know why I’m sitting here saying all this stuff. If they want it to work out it’s going to work out. If they don’t want it to work out, it’s not going to work out. That’s all I can say.”

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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