Posted January 19, 2014

Report: Giants prepared to move on from wide receiver Hakeem Nicks

New York Giants, NFC East
The Giants are reportedly prepared to part with former first-round pick Hakeem Nicks. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Giants may be prepared to part with former first-round pick Hakeem Nicks. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Nothing in the way of a major surprise here, but the New York Giants are not expected to re-sign impending free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. According to Rapoport, Nicks was fined “repeatedly” for being late to mandatory team activities and for missing treatments with the team’s medical staff.

The 26-year-old Nicks could pose a difficult case on the free-agent market alongside names like Eric Decker, Anquan Boldin, Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders. After averaging 77.5 catches, 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns over the 2010 and ’11 seasons, Nicks’ production plummeted in 2012 and ’13 as he struggled to stay healthy. He caught just 53 passes last year and finished with 56 in 2013; he also failed to score a touchdown during this past campaign.

“I still think (Nicks) can be a good player,” Giants GM Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano. “He has to stay healthy and focus more on what he’s doing.”

Those reported team-imposed fines could make Nicks a tougher sell to a receiver-needy team. Same goes for a relatively loaded WR class in the 2014 draft — teams may hold off chasing Nicks or other free agents in hopes of upgrading with cheaper, younger options come May.

“We all know this is where I want to be,” Nicks said earlier in January, per The Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr. “[But] I understand the business side.”

The Giants seem prepared for Nicks’ possible departure thanks to the presences of Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. That duo likely would be the Giants’ 1-2 combo next season, should Nicks leave. Cruz has led the team in receptions each of the past three seasons, while Randle delivered 41 grabs in 2013.

9 comments
PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Flacco goes deep to Nicks..sounds good to me!...

JustinLerner24
JustinLerner24

Nicks dominated the 2011 playoffs... Ask the Falcons, Packers, 49ers or Pats-- He is a number 1 receiver I hope the GMEN resign him --- ID take him over Salsa Dancing fruit Cruz anyday 

davetheG
davetheG

A top receiver needs skills and his head in the game. To much talent in the league and expect more people to not play 4 years of college ball. Players like Nicks who think they made it but do not have to do the intangibles to stay there will find a surprise. Giants have options and really do not need to waste the money at his age with health issues who skip treatments.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

He had a lackluster season and did nothing to try to help his QB. He just expected the ball to be exactly where he was and was poor at getting open. The Giants need a more reliable option.

ChadCollins
ChadCollins

Im sure the Raiders will sign him now

CALI_DREAMING
CALI_DREAMING

@ChadCollins McKenzie isn't Al Davis; so if the RAIDERS gave Nicks a chance, it woouldn't be for big bucks

utoo
utoo

@ChadCollins 

Somebody will. When healthy, he can be a #1 receiver. He is a play maker with a nack of making difficult catches. Football contracts aren't guaranteed so somebody will make the investment. It just comes down to dollars. Giants don't want him because he sucks. Giants can't afford to offer #1 WR type money because of cap and his health.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

So what if we do.. As long as its an under market deal, he could surprise or just get cut in training camp. We wont be the only team looking at him that way.. Stop generalizing every move the Raiders make based on the past.. Al is not around anymore, spending is more responsible and it will payoff.