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Monday, March 12, 2012
Tolbert says he can fill Jacobs void

By Ohm Youngmisuk

The Giants can use a big power back now that Brandon Jacobs has been released. And San Diego free agent Mike Tolbert believes he can be a nice replacement for Jacobs.

Tolbert said he is "definitely" interested in the Giants as free agency begins on Tuesday. But the 5-9, 243-pound running back, who has scored a total of 17 rushing touchdowns in the last two seasons, likely won't come at a bargain price. But he likes the offense the Giants run.

“They’ve got a dynamic quarterback that puts the ball all over the field," Tolbert said on SirusXM NFL radio when asked by host Adam Schein what he thinks about the Giants. "He checks the ball down a lot to his running backs, which is something that I think I do very well is catching the ball out of the backfield. And then they had that 1-2 punch with [Ahmad] Bradshaw and [Brandon] Jacobs and without Jacobs there that kind of leaves a hole in the offense."

"And I think I could fill that void pretty good," added Tolbert, who discussed Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Denver, Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, and Green Bay as other teams he's interested in. "But, you know, 4 o’clock tomorrow we’re going to see really how it heats up and what happens. So I’m excited. I’m ready to go.”

The Giants are believed to be slightly under the salary cap at the moment -- they also will be one of 28 NFL teams to receive an additional $1.6 million in cap space due to the punishments handed down to the Cowboys and Redskins for front-loading contracts during the 2010 season. They want to re-sign some of their own free agents, including Terrell Thomas and Jonathan Goff.

But they can use a big veteran back as well.

“I would love to go up there and learn from those guys that have been to two Super Bowls and won two Super Bowls, like Eli [Manning] and [David] Diehl, Justin Tuck," Tolbert said. "Those guys that have been there and done that and have that experience. That way we can get back to it.”