Hakeem Nicks: Giants know I’m interested in returning

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Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks spent long stretches of this season looking like he wasn’t interested in helping the Giants offense all that much, but he said Friday that the Giants know he’s hopeful he can return to the team in 2014.

Nicks is set to become a free agent when the season officially comes to an end and said that he expects contract talks to start between the team and his representatives next week. When those talks start, Nicks said that his decision will be “bigger” than just the amount of money on the table.

“Players, coaches, the organization,” Nicks said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “That’s just something I want to make sure I look at. I don’t want to get myself in a situation where there’s a lot going on. This organization is great stability wise. You don’t want too many changes going on here. I like how they’re always looking out for a player’s best interest and things like that.”

Nicks didn’t balk when asked about the possibility of the Giants using the franchise tag on him, which isn’t particularly surprising. The tag offers wideouts a one-year salary of more than $10 million, which is likely more than Nicks can hope to receive coming off a disappointing season.

Nicks hasn’t scored a touchdown and has caught just one pass in the red zone all year for a dysfunctional Giants offense. That’s not what anyone is looking for in a No. 1 receiver, so Nicks will be selling himself at a lower level than many anticipated heading into the season. His no-show this season may leave the Giants less interested in another year together, although the detriment Nicks did to his price tag this year could change the equation a bit.

18 responses to “Hakeem Nicks: Giants know I’m interested in returning

  1. Sign him for the same exact contract as Cruz.
    Please Reese – get some offensive linemen!!!

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  2. It would be beneficial to both Nicks and the Giants for Nicks to sign a modest 2 year deal with the team. Hopefully the Giants get the Nicks of old at a discounted price, and Nicks sets himself up for his big payday in 2016 when he will still be fairly young…while playing in a scheme that he knows inside and out and is comfortable in.

    I don’t think any team will be breaking their bank for Nicks this year. Whatever the true reason, he had about as bad a walk year as you can possibly have.

  3. Hakeem, you have your thinking backwards. It’s more important to know whether THEY are interested in YOU.

  4. Pathetic year and I seen him give up on over half his routes but he is a young talented explosive wr I don’t get it but maybe someone else does

  5. Keep him or not – SPEND MONEY ON THE OL. Given enough time, anyone talented enough to make an NFL roster can get separation and have a decent amount of easy balls to catch. And they will want to play and play hard. SPEND MONEY ON THE OL.

  6. Can we really blame it all on Hakeem, with the zero o-line protection how does one let a deep receiver get down field and make a catch. Seriously Eli basically has to guess where Hakeem is going to be in 1 second because at 1.5 seconds he’ll be on his back looking for god.

  7. The question is…. Do we know of other WR’s ID’d as studs who bombed like Nicks did and then came back strong?
    Expect a deal with a low front end that climbs strong in year 3. That way the team can cut him if 2013 proves to be who he is, and he’ll have his pay day if it proves to be just a bad year.
    Roster bonus after year one to make up for the low signing bonus.

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