Jacobs stripped of locker, 49ers sign Bakhtiari
On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers resigned outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari (on a two-year contract) to one of the open roster spots (and assigned him a locker), vacated by Brandon Jacobs who is serving a three game suspension.
Earlier last week, Brandon Jacobs had taken to social media sites with a series of posts that were criticized the San Francisco 49ers.
However, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh tried to avoid discussing the team’s decision to suspend Brandon Jacobs for the rest of the regular season without pay, during a question and answer session with members of the media on Wednesday.
But Jim Harbaugh was concise when asked if Brandon Jacobs was suspended under “conduct detrimental to the team.”
"Uh, yes,” responded Jim Harbaugh, “well, let me stay away from categorizing it."
The San Francisco 49ers had already started viewing Brandon Jacobs’ behavior as an issue for the team; and whether intentionally or not…they are making an example out of him. San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray MacDonald expressed on Tuesday that the team believed Brandon Jacobs was becoming a distraction in the midst of an upcoming playoffs run.
"From the coaching standpoint, they don't want any distractions on the team,” said Ray MacDonald. “He was being a distraction, they felt he was being a distraction, so they felt they needed to do something about it."
"I guess, if he's not about the team. And the coaches feel that he's not trying to help the team. They made the right decision,” Ray MacDonald hailed the San Francisco 49ers’ decision to suspend Brandon Jacobs.
However, Jim Harbaugh refrained from offering San Francisco 49ers’ reasoning behind suspending Brandon Jacobs.
"The league has a process when you suspend a player that there's a process that you go through," stated Jim Harbaugh. "So you're really not in a position to be talking about that."
The San Francisco 49ers veteran running back Brandon Jacobs is expected to lose $167,000 from his salary due to the three game suspensions. However, Brandon Jacobs is expected to fight the suspension by filing a grievance with the NFL against the San Francisco 49ers.
Eric Bakhtiari spent time in training camp and played three preseason games for the San Francisco 49ers this year before being released on 31st August. The former undrafted agent out of University of San Diego Eric Bakhtiari entered the NFL through San Diego Chargers in 2008 but was released in early October, before ending his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers. Eric Bakhtiari also spent time on practice squads with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Tennessee Titans (2009), Miami Dolphins (2010), Cleveland Browns (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-11).