SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) – The 49ers were big players in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but eventually struck out. That’s not stopping them from doing whatever’s necessary to improve their offense, and they took another step on Wednesday when they reportedly signed running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs had previously stated that he wanted to stay with the Giants and/or close to New York, so he did the most Brandon Jacobs thing possible … and signed with San Francisco. Hopefully you don’t need me to give you a Google map link to see how geographically close those two cities are.

Read more on the details of the deal from CBS Sports.

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