Niners suspend back Brandon Jacobs for remainder of season
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Francisco 49ers have suspended veteran running back Brandon Jacobs for the last three games of the regular season after complaining about his limited role with the team.
The suspension came after Jacobs’ social-media rant where the running back said he was “rotting away” with the 49ers. He added that this season is “by far the worst year I’ve ever had.”
Jacobs, an eighth-year veteran, has appeared in two games for the 49ers and had five carries for seven yards. The 49ers currently lead the NFC West with a 9-3-1 record.
The 49ers announced Jacobs’ suspension in a news release without further details but general manager Trent Baalke said he had an “amicable” meeting with Jacobs Monday.
“It comes down to the team and making the best decisions we can for the team,” Baalke said on his weekly radio show. “We’ll leave it at that. But the discussion was amicable. We’ll leave the details of it in-house.”
Two hours before the 49ers announced the running back’s suspension, coach Jim Harbaugh refused to comment when asked if Jacobs was still part of the team.
“Thank you all for all your support, I am doing wonderful it’s not a big deal things happen, I am strong enough to get through this, again thank all of you for your support,” Jacobs later posted on his Twitter account.
It was reported that Jacobs will file a grievance in hopes of getting reinstated, retaining his lost wages or gaining his release. Jacobs’ suspension will cost him approximately $168,000.
The 49ers signed Jacobs in the offseason to a one-year deal worth $950,000 with a $150,000 signing bonus to back up Frank Gore but a knee injury sidelined him for nearly two months before he was able to fully practice.
Jacobs, who will lose about $168,000 due to the suspension, joined the 49ers after winning his second Super Bowl in seven seasons with the New York Giants, where he set the franchise record for rushing touchdowns with 56.