If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em — or sign ‘em.
That’s the approach the San Francisco 49ers appear to be taking this offseason as they fortify a team that came within a couple late miscues of reaching the Super Bowl.
Last week the 49ers signed New York Giants Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham to a two-year deal, and now they’ve added another member of title-winning team.
San Francisco added bruising free agent veteran running back Brandon Jacobs to its backfield Wednesday, as first reported by ESPN. The move provides the 49ers with another physical back to play behind three-time Pro Bowl starter Frank Gore.
Jacobs rushed for 735 yards and eight touchdowns on 189 carries during the regular season and postseason in 2011. His role has diminished in recent years due to injuries and the emergence of Giants starter Ahmad Bradshaw. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus later this month, but the Giants released him three weeks ago after failing to come to an agreement on a new contract.
A seven-year veteran three years removed from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Jacobs clashed with Giants coaches in recent seasons over his shrinking workload.
After New York’s Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, Jacobs suggested Tom Brady’s super model wife, Gisele Bundchen, should “stay cute and shut up” with regard to her post-game comments about Brady’s teammates.