Heading into training camp the San Francisco 49ers had on paper one of the deepest and talented backfields with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs. For Jacobs, this season has been frustrating for the unhappy running back who many fans thought would be a bigger part of the offense. With his three game suspension over, the 49ers released Jacobs on Monday after one season with the team.
In the first preseason game Jacobs showed some promise, but shortly afterwards he injured his ankle and was out until October. Despite being healthy, he was only activated in Weeks 12 and 13, gaining a total of seven yards on four rushing attempts. Jacobs expressed his displeasure with his non-playing time on Twitter by tweeting,
I don’t understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn’t wanna play, but I forgot the people that’s pissed they don’t have a athletic bone and their body
Shortly afterwards Jacobs was suspended for the final three games of the season for conduct detrimental to the team. The suspension was never fully explained by Jim Harbaugh or the team, but it was likely because of comments about his lack of playing time. Jacobs is a prime example of the perils of social media and sports players combining that result in negative consequences. Since Harbaugh has taken over, he has run the 49ers locker room with a motto of everything being about “the team, the team, the team.” Its clear Jacobs didn’t buy into that philosophy.
With the season over the 49ers were free to release Jacob’s and they don’t have to worry about another team picking up the running back. Any player claimed off waivers after the season is over cannot join their teams until after the Super Bowl.