Well, then. Just when we thought the 49ers were just about wrapped up with free agency, we get this little bomb. Adam Schefter is reporting the San Francisco 49ers have come to terms on a deal with running back Brandon Jacobs. There has been plenty of discussion here about adding a running back into the mix, and this certainly is a big step for that. Jacobs appeared in 14 games with the New York Giants in 2011, rushing 152 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns.
This move comes out of the blue, but given the 49ers cap space, I can't imagine they are paying Jacobs a whole ton of money. While it wasn't expected, the move does provide some more competition at the running back position. The 49ers now have Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Brandon Jacobs competing for most of the carries. This move, coupled with the addition of Rock Cartwright, could spell the end of Anthony Dixon's time in San Francisco. Dixon will get his chances to compete in training camp, but he will clearly need to step up his game if he wants to make the 49ers roster in 2012.
Plenty more to come on this surprise addition.