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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Giants have a 6-4 void to fill in backfield

By Ohm Youngmisuk



Brandon Jacobs is now a 49er, joining Mario Manningham in San Francisco.

So the Giants still have a 6-4, 264-pound hole to fill in the backfield. Ahmad Bradshaw currently has D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown behind him on the depth chart.

The Giants still could add a veteran running back in free agency or via trade or the draft. The name that a ton of fans have been asking about is Carolina's Jonathan Stewart now that Mike Tolbert is a Panther.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted on Tuesday that the Panthers are "adamant this week that they're not trading Stewart." And some NFL reporters have speculated that if the Panthers do trade a running back, the sensible trade partner could be the Broncos and former Panthers head coach John Fox.

Stewart, of course, would seem to be a great fit for the Giants, who will probably want a bigger back to fill Jacobs' role. But Stewart's price tag could be too steep for the Giants if he becomes available. How much would a team have to give up if the Panthers were willing to make a deal? And how much would Stewart cost financially to keep later down the road? Remember, the Giants have several young players they will have to take care of eventually, such as Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, just to name a few.

Still, Tom Coughlin has said he would like to stick to the same formula he had with Bradshaw and Jacobs when asked about the possibility of Jacobs leaving back in February at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"There's a hallmark that we stick to by position," Coughlin said. "Brandon is very rare, very rare. We would stick to what's been good for the Giants."

My guess is that unless the Giants find a veteran running back on the cheap in free agency, they'll draft a running back. Stewart would be great, but I just wonder how much the Panthers would want if they were to entertain offers. And drafting and developing a running back would be a cheaper option.

Tell us what you want to see the Giants do now that Jacobs is gone.