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Jacobs hopes to get long-term deal

Updated: February 13, 2009, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Jacobs, the 264-pound running back who has been a mainstay of the New York Giants' offense the past two seasons, was designated by the team Friday as its franchise player.

The move will guarantee Jacobs, who was due to become a free agent Feb. 27, $6.6 million next season. General manager Jerry Reese said the Giants and Jacobs will continue negotiating a long-term deal. If he remains a free agent, the Giants can match any offer made by another team ...

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