I don't want to put words in Harbaugh’s mouth, but I didn’t come away from that statement believing that the
I thought Harbaugh was simply affirming that Jacobs is out there and available and he is one of many options for the Ravens in trying to find a veteran backup running back and insurance if youngsters
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the 29-year-old Jacobs as a good fit for the Ravens. Sure, he's won two Super Bowls and his physical style would be a nice complement to Rice's speed and elusiveness. But that's about it.
One, Jacobs, who was released by the Giants after the two sides couldn't agree on a contract restructuring, will probably want more money than the Ravens are willing to give for a backup.
Two, Jacobs, who simply doesn't have the ability to bite his tongue or mince words, has been vocal in the past when he doesn't feel like he's getting the ball enough. He had 152 carries this past season and 147 the year before. And yes, there were several complaints along the way that he wasn't getting the ball enough.
Assuming that Rice stays healthy, Jacobs wouldn't get close to that workload with the Ravens. Consider that
And finally, it certainly isn't clear how much Jacobs has left in the tank. That's not a shot at him. The former fourth-round pick has had a nice seven-year career and been a valuable member of two championship teams. But his upright and bruising running style has to have taken a toll. He averaged 3.8 yards a carry this past season, the second lowest of his career since he become a regular contributor. The Giants also struggled at times in short-yardage situations, and Jacobs shouldered some of that blame.