Tailback Jacobs to remain a Giant

Updated: February 26, 2009, 11:49 AM ET
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The New York Giants maintained their smashmouth image on Wednesday.

Running back Brandon Jacobs, their 264-pound workhorse, signed a four-year, $25 million extension.

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"I was confident all along that this was going to get done I didn't panic one bit," Jacobs said in a statement released by the team. "I know the reason we did it the way we did; I knew I was going to be here. I was super-confident and I am here. I'm happy about it."

The deal includes $13 million in guarantees. Jacobs will earn $15 million over the first two years.

ESPN's Michael Smith first reported the agreement, which the sides hammered out over the weekend.

Jacobs was designated the team's franchise player on Friday and was guaranteed $6.6 million for the upcoming season. He was set to become a free agent on Feb. 27. If Jacobs would have remained a free agent, the Giants could have matched an offer from another team or would have received two first-round picks as compensation if he signed elsewhere.

"This team is full of young talent," Jacobs said. "We brought some great talent in here the last two years and those guys are still learning and getting better. Our offensive line is great and will continue to be great. There are a lot of young guys on our team that are still playing great, great football. I'm looking for big things out of our football team next year."

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Brandon Jacobs rushes for 92 yards in the Giants 23-11 loss vs. the Eagles.

Following the retirement of Tiki Barber after the 2006 season, Jacobs received a much greater role with the Giants. He responded with the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2007 and helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl championship.

Last season, Jacobs rushed for a career-best 1,089 yards and led the team with 15 rushing touchdowns despite missing three games with a knee injury. Derrick Ward, who ran for 1,025 yards to make the Giants only the fifth team ever with two 1,000-yard running backs, is also due to become a free agent. The Giants' No. 2 running back is likely to command big money to be a starter elsewhere.

The Giants were committed to Jacobs.

"Both parties are happy to get a long-term deal done," general manager Jerry Reese said. "Now Brandon can totally concentrate on the offseason program and get himself ready to go this fall."

Jacobs, Joe Morris (1985-86), Rodney Hampton (1991-95) and Barber (2002-2006) are the team's only backs to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Michael Smith covers the NFL for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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