Jacobs’ franchise tag a rarity for Giants

When the New York Giants slapped their franchise tag on running back Brandon Jacobs on Friday, it was a rarity for the team.

Only two times in franchise history has the team used its franchise tag. The first was offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott in 1993, and the second was Jacobs on Friday. The franchise tag means Jacobs will earn $6.621 million next season.

It speaks to Jacobs’ ability and the Giants’ meticulousness that this is only the second time the team has used its franchise tag.

Now the Giants’ free-agent focus shifts to their other free-agent running back, Derrick Ward, who will be free to sign with another team on Feb. 27.

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