Brandon Jacobs hasn't asked for trade

Updated: September 21, 2010, 8:11 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Brandon Jacobs has not requested a trade.

According to a report by the Bergen Record, Jacobs was going to seek out general manager Jerry Reese and ask to be traded.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that while the running back is unhappy in New York, "he has not requested a trade at this time, nor is New York willing to deal him."

Trading Jacobs would be, as one source described it, highly unlikely. Jacobs is in the second year of a four-year, $25 million deal that included $13 million guaranteed. He will make $3.65 million this season and is due $4.65 million and $4.9 million the next two seasons. His contract is significant and his value is currently low.

Jacobs was present in the locker room Monday but declined to talk to reporters one day after admitting he was frustrated with several things and apologizing for throwing his helmet into the stands in Indianapolis.

"As far as I know, there has been no request for any trade," Coughlin said late Monday afternoon. "That one was a surprise to me."

Coughlin did make it clear he is not happy with his emotional running back for the helmet incident, which is being investigated by the NFL. Jacobs could be fined this week. The running back explained he was trying to throw his helmet against the bench in frustration and it sailed into the stands.

"The whole incident upsets me," said Coughlin, who did not play Jacobs after the episode but said it was because the Giants were in passing mode while down big to the Colts. "It really makes no sense, it is a senseless act. I don't know what you are going to accomplish by that. Even if it was an accident, the frustration, you got to learn to deal with it. You got to have poise and have some patience and have some control. The only reason I emphatically say that is, God forbid, somebody could have gotten hurt."

Coughlin spoke briefly with Jacobs about the helmet toss after the Giants' 38-14 loss to the Colts. He said he has not met with Jacobs again about anything pertaining to his diminished role or his unhappiness.

Ahmad Bradshaw, the starter who has supplanted Jacobs, told a couple of reporters that Jacobs, his friend, was not looking to be dealt.

Jacobs said Sunday night that a lot has been on his mind.

"I got a lot on me right now," Jacobs said when asked about his frustration. "And a lot, it's not good. I want to forget about all of this and I hope the people around here accept my apology. It is a real apology and coming from the heart."

"I want to play a ton but there is nothing I can do about that," he added. "I just get out there and play when my number is called and that is it. There is nothing more that I can do about that."

Jacobs had 12 carries for 44 yards in the season opener but saw just four carries against the Colts for 8 yards as the Giants were forced to pass for much of the second half.

"His role has been defined," said Coughlin, who sat down with Jacobs at the end of the preseason when the running back expressed dissatisfaction with his role to ESPNNewYork.com. "That was how many weeks ago. We did talk about that. I am not sure why this keeps coming up."

Eli Manning had lunch with Jacobs on Monday and said that the two did not discuss anything about a trade or his role. The team's offensive captain said Jacobs is not a distraction for the team.

"We know Brandon," Manning said. "He kind of wears his mouth on his sleeve a little bit. He is very emotional and is going to say some things. He wants to win. He wants to help this team and that is just the way he is. You got to love him for it."

Manning said Jacobs needs to learn how to handle things a bit better and not let emotions get the best of him.

"Being in New York sometimes you got to learn how to lose a little bit better," Manning said. "It is never a good thing. You don't want to accept losing but you know after a loss everything is going to be multiplied and you are going to ask a lot of questions and it can be hard at times."

Jacobs has snapped twice at reporters and has used profanity when the line of questioning turned to his role or carries or having to put aside ego in a two-back situation. He got into a heated discussion with a reporter after being asked if he was benched because of the helmet toss on Sunday night. Jacobs later apologized to the reporter but on Monday he angrily said he would not be talking.

Coughlin sounded tired of discussing Jacobs and how it appears the running back is not only frustrated but in the dark about what his status is on the team.

"There is a way to go about that," Coughlin said. "Go out on the field and prove it. Talking about it and constantly bringing this up is not the answer. That is not it. That is not what this is about.

"Go on the field and make it happen."

Coughlin wasn't happy with one run Jacobs had where he ran to his left instead of forward and was tackled for no gain. The coach did say he will need both running backs this season but made it clear Bradshaw is his starter.

"We felt Bradshaw earned that right and it has not changed," Coughlin said. "Both guys are important and both have a role to play and we will need both players all the way through the year."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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