Earlier today, the San Francisco 49ers popped in out of nowhere to reportedly sign running back Brandon Jacobs to join what is becoming a crowded backfield. He joins Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and possibly Rock Cartwright competing for carries. The general belief has been that Anthony Dixon could prove to be the odd man out, but maybe this will actually help Boobie improve his game in a substantial way.
Shortly after the news broke about Jacobs, Matt Maiocco tweeted that the 49ers could cross off running back from their draft wants list. Although Kendall Hunter started to emerge as a change of pace back behind Frank Gore, there has still been a fair amount of discussion about the need for another bigger complementary back.
At this point, Brandon Jacobs is reportedly going to sign a one year deal that could max out at $2 million, but will have a base salary of significantly less. Jacobs will not be a lock to make the roster, but obviously brings some skills that could be valuable in the backfield. The question though is whether that will actually impact the 49ers draft strategy as it relates to running back.
The 49ers are in a bit of a tricky situation. They have a young guy in Kendall Hunter who is explosive, but also a bit small. The team very well could view him as a long term feature back, or they could view him as a long term complementary guy to fit with a bigger bulldozing back. We might find out an answer to that question in a few weeks at the draft, because for now, we really don't have an answer.
We've been discussing how the 49ers are in a position to draft best player available, but BPA also does factor in needs, even if it is a projected need down the road. Where does running back fit into that kind of BPA draft model following the signing of Brandon Jacobs? Or does the signing even impact that at all?