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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.

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18 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks: Giants know I’m interested in returning”
  1. jpherling says: Dec 27, 2013 3:40 PM

    At this point, Hakeem would be happy to return with any team.

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 27, 2013 3:41 PM

    Hakeem should join the Mecca Muslims.

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    “When you think of garbage, think of Hakeem”…,

  4. DonRSD says: Dec 27, 2013 3:54 PM

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

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  5. arwiv says: Dec 27, 2013 4:05 PM

    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.

  6. fdugrad says: Dec 27, 2013 4:05 PM

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

  7. edithpiaf51 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    Hakeem cannot catch a ball to save his life. The Giants need new wide receivers that can catch balls.

  8. hcdbus says: Dec 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    And Hakeem knows that the Giants aren’t interested in re-signing him

  9. newjerseygiants says: Dec 27, 2013 4:10 PM

    Franchise Tag at $10 million? I don’t think so Hakeem. Wishful thinking son. Keep dreaming.

  10. jjg8505 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:13 PM

    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

  11. weepingjebus says: Dec 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    Seems like a pleasant enough fellow, the Giants should give him $10 million.

  12. zack2482 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    Stability and Eli don’t mix. Probably want to leave when you have a QB that throws 26 ints in a season.

  13. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    He’s a number 2 receiver at best. But every year, when free agency starts, theirs a team that overpays for a guy. I’m thinking Oakland this year.

  14. justintuckrule says: Dec 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Some desperate WR-less team will blow him out of the water with a monster offer…watch.

  15. jetvet77 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    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.

  16. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 27, 2013 6:01 PM

    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.

  17. seahawkscully says: Dec 27, 2013 6:03 PM

    The Giants should not sign him. They already have a high cap and paying him to try 50% for 9 games a year is not worth it. Let him go home to the panthers.

  18. pftstory says: Dec 27, 2013 8:30 PM

    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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