The San Francisco 49ers continue what has been a productive offseason as they made a low risk move in reportedly signing free agent running back Brandon Jacobs. Adam Schefter reported the deal, which comes as a bit of a surprise to fans. The 49ers have a need for depth at running back, but they also had fairly limited cap space. This move is likely a fairly low cost deal, which lowers the risk considerably.
Frank Gore is the number one back and Kendall Hunter is a lock to make the 53-man roster, but beyond that nothing is guaranteed. Anthony Dixon is a big back at the number three spot, but there have been concerns about his dancing and inability to use his size to make big gains. This move, combined with the team's addition of running back and special teams ace Rock Cartwright, put Dixon in a position where he will need to really impress the team in August.
Salary information and contract length are not known at this point, but this deal likely wraps up most of the 49ers remaining cap space. They have a certain amount set aside for draft picks, but beyond that they might have no more than enough for a veteran minimum here or there.