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Report: Nicks open to a one-year deal

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Hakeem Nicks didn’t have a great contract year.  He may be looking for a Mulligan.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Giants receiver, listed as the No. 21 free agent on the PFT Hot 100, is willing to consider a one-year contract, which would give him a chance to prove that the last season or two were aberrations — and which would give him another crack at the open market in 2015.

Teams may be more interested in a multi-year deal that operates like a one-year contract, placing a significant, non-guaranteed option bonus into the second year of the contract in order to reap the benefit of Nicks proving that 2012 and 2013 was a fluke.

Per Mortensen, Nicks’ agents also circulated to teams on Saturday letters from Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews claiming that Nicks’ past foot and knee problems, respectively, are healed.

The issue, however, may not be Nicks’ body but his brain.  Nicks possibly regards himself as a Mike Wallace-type player, worth $60 million over five years.  But Nicks’ performances over the last two years, potentially hampered by concerns of suffering a serious injury and never getting that big payday, will make it very hard for him to get the kind of money he wants.

In the end, it won’t be an easy negotiation for Nicks.  A one-year deal may be his best bet to get paid in 2015, assuming he can and will perform like a player who deserves a rich, multi-year deal.

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52 Responses to “Report: Nicks open to a one-year deal”
  1. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 8, 2014 5:11 PM

    He would be.

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 8, 2014 5:11 PM

    Hakeem Nicks will never be a top receiver in the NFL.

    He doesn’t have the athleticism & intangibles for it.

    Meanwhile Cordarelle Patterson is developing into the best receiver in the NFL.

  3. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    Notice how the Steelers win Super Bowls? Funny how that works.

  4. cletusvandam says: Mar 8, 2014 5:14 PM

    I hope the 49ers are hearing this!!

  5. thevikesarebest says: Mar 8, 2014 5:14 PM

    If he wants success come to the vikings.SKOL

  6. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Mar 8, 2014 5:15 PM

    Hard to see him bouncing back

  7. vikes89allday says: Mar 8, 2014 5:19 PM

    Vikings could use 1 more “Decent” receiver…

  8. emmac13 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:19 PM

    Pittspukes best days are behind them. Keep dreaming. Ben Turdburger is getting old. They are not developing a QB. Therefore they are not like New England or SF. In reality Bmore and Cinncy have better chances at a SB.

  9. youcantquitmebaby says: Mar 8, 2014 5:19 PM

    Sounds like he’s letting Dave Gettleman know that he wants to come to Charlotte.

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    Every time I hear an announcer or field-side reporter talk about how good Hakeem Nicks’ hands are…he drops balls like clockwork. He’s a capable receiver in this league, but I feel as if he lies more on the overrated side.

  11. amebrah says: Mar 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    He would be perfect for the Panthers. With Jordan Gross retiring, that has moved their priority from finding a #1 receiver into fixing the O-line. With Nicks, Steve Smith could move into slot and continue playing for a couple more years and the one year deal Hakeem is willing to take is perfect because we’re currently in cap hell until 2015.

  12. jetfan74 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:24 PM

    I’d rather bank on Stephen Hill than Nicks. Both are fragile but at least Hill doesn’t think he is better than he actually is.

  13. lgw91s says: Mar 8, 2014 5:26 PM

    So he wants a one year deal, obviously with a team with an elite QB, and is lacking a true #1 receiver. Shouldn’t he have just emailed his information and salary requirements to Bill Belichick.

  14. clavette says: Mar 8, 2014 5:28 PM

    might as well stay with the giants if your gonna do a 1 year deal.

    but he would fit on a lot of teams if hes willing to do a 1 year 4-5 mil contract

  15. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 8, 2014 5:28 PM

    I’d rather have Stevie Nicks than this bum.

  16. ranoversquarells says: Mar 8, 2014 5:31 PM

    Dear Editor,

    It’s becoming more and more frustrating to read this site with these childish Steelers, Vikings and not to long ago, R*dskin fans trolling PFT.

    I hope it doesn’t get to the point where I’m forced to find another alternative for NFL news, because PFT was my alternative to ESPN in the first place …

  17. realnflmaster says: Mar 8, 2014 5:31 PM

    He wished he was a JET when he was in NY.

  18. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 8, 2014 5:33 PM

    Hakeem Nicks career highlight: Hail Mary pass at end of 2nd quarter vs Greenbay. Good times.

  19. tallguyme says: Mar 8, 2014 5:38 PM

    no better QB to have throw to you in a contract year than Tom Brady. Welcome to New England Hakeem!

  20. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    If clown music is your theme green bay is your team.

  21. clavette says: Mar 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    good fit teams for a 1 year deal

    giants
    cowboys
    lions
    vikings
    49ers
    seahawks?
    cardinals?
    rams
    saints?
    buccaneers
    panthers

    patriots
    jets
    browns
    steelers
    ravens?
    jaguars
    titans
    texans?
    broncos?
    raiders
    chargers?
    chiefs

    give or take a few on and off the list, looks like he could have more than a few offers to choose from. smartest move would be a team with a good qb that could pad his stats and try again next offseason

  22. dlk47823 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    I’m not sure Hicks is the right fit in NE….He’s looking for a QB that can complete passes of more than 8 yards

  23. bradyisbest says: Mar 8, 2014 5:50 PM

    sounds like an S.O.S.

  24. bradyisbest says: Mar 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    to bill belicheck

  25. dadeyemi says: Mar 8, 2014 5:56 PM

    I’m laughing real hard at folks who claim Nicks doesn’t have the athleticism or ability to be a legit WR. When healthy, he’s deserving of a $10 mil per yr contract. The key issue is HEALTH.

    If y’all really thing Nicks is a bum, rewatch his 2011 postseason against ATL, GB, and SF. Because he abused all 3 of them.

  26. allpackersallthetime says: Mar 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    thepftpoet and thevikesarebest post on every article saying everyone should go to the Vikings and that they are the best, but I hate to break it to break it to you, your team is NOT good lol. Everyone would go to the vikes and do nothing, just like Greg Jennings.

  27. meatcarroll says: Mar 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    Prove it year with the annual Super Bowl contender Seahawks. #YoungestChampsEVER

  28. bsizemore68 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:58 PM

    Dear Editor….Thank you for the best post of the day. Bill

  29. rsmith8874 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    injury prone not worth it

  30. chingustight says: Mar 8, 2014 6:01 PM

    go to denver on a one year deal and let peyton manning make you look like a legit #1(when you really are a #2,#3….eric decker anyone???) it will prove to be the best for both.

  31. tybyebye says: Mar 8, 2014 6:03 PM

    TY Hilton is the best receiver in the NFL.

    #EmbarrassedShermanBrownerThomas
    #MoreLikeTheLegionOfKittens
    #224YardsInOnePlayoffGame

  32. bennyb82 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:03 PM

    You neglected to mention he wants 1 year for 12 million…

  33. johnnycash19 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:10 PM

    If I were Hicks I’d look at:

    New England- Brady makes everyone look good.

    Detroit- Stafford’s good, but he gets the benefit of being the #2 to Megatron.

    Denver- Of Course Peyton Manning, but they aren’t needing a WR like NE and Det.

    New Orleans- Opening up cap room, can play with Colston and Graham, plus the pass a ton.

    Dallas- Just like Detroit, good QB (puts up good numbers) and gets to play opposite Dez.

    Those are the top 5 if I’m a WR looking for a 1 year deal leading to a big contract. Forget the team success, look at QB/Passing teams.

  34. cags777 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:17 PM

    allpackersallthetime says: Mar 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    thepftpoet and thevikesarebest post on every article saying everyone should go to the Vikings and that they are the best, but I hate to break it to break it to you, your team is NOT good lol. Everyone would go to the vikes and do nothing, just like Greg Jennings.
    ——————————————————————–

    How do you know they are not Packers fans disguising themselves as Vikings fans just to get a rise out of people?

  35. navigator24 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:18 PM

    Too many good WRs coming out in this draft. Better to chill on the free agent. WRs until somebody gets injured in camp.

    l

  36. sportsnut101 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:30 PM

    sure jets will take him 1 yr 4 mill sounds good

  37. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 8, 2014 6:31 PM

    He should get dropped down on the PFT rankings list, why does he need to be so high on it?

  38. mykpfsu says: Mar 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    “Per Mortensen, Nicks’ agents also circulated to teams on Saturday letters from Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews claiming that Nicks’ past foot and knee problems, respectively, are healed.”

    Pretty sure he’s said that every year.

  39. believeland2014 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:01 PM

    Nicks to BROWNS!

    #BELIEVELAND IS WHERE ITS AT

    YOUR FUTURE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS

  40. kev86 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:10 PM

    First playoff win at MetLife vs. Falcons was good day for Nicks. SB champion

  41. buljos says: Mar 8, 2014 7:25 PM

    I’d sign him if he’s willing to accept a home team deal, and then draft one of the big fast WRs who needs a little while in the 2014 season to figure it out, like Martavis Bryant, Donte Moncrief, or Kevin Norwood, all of whom are 0.3 faster in the 40 than Nicks is today. When Nicks departs for more money next season, his relief will already be on the roster and ready to play in 2015.

  42. kev86 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:27 PM

    Of course the Jets would want a Giants SB champion to join their team.

  43. cali49er707 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:27 PM

    I know I’ll get down voted but, if I’m Baalke I take the chance on a incentive based one year prove it contract. He could stretch the field vertically and then turn the 1st rounder on a defensive pick. What is their to lose?? If he works out great!! If not then he’s off the books at end of season

  44. sportsbastard says: Mar 8, 2014 7:52 PM

    St. Louis makes a lot of sense for Nicks. When healthy, he’s the big physical outside WR that they have yet to find (sorry Brian Quick), and could catch a ton of passes with Tavon and J. Cook getting attention in the slot.

  45. crownontherocks says: Mar 8, 2014 8:01 PM

    Report I am hearing is that Hakeem Nicks is very interested in playing for New England on a 1 year prove it deal.

    Not sure how creditable
    Profootballcentral is

  46. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:02 PM

    ZERO TOUCHDOWNS IN A CONTRACT YEAR AND NEVER
    SAW HIM BREAK FREE FROM DEFENDERS.

  47. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    THANKS FOR THE 2009 SEASON AND IM A GIANTS FAN AND OPEN TO A RECIEVER THAT CAN SCORE MORE THAN ZERO TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON. MY UNCLE IS OLD ,FAT AND SLOW AND CAUGHT AS MANY TOUCHDOWNS AS NICKS,MY UNCLE WANTS A ONE YEAR DEAL TOO.LOL

  48. 12thlegion says: Mar 8, 2014 8:15 PM

    Not saying that this guy will be a “game changer” or true #1, but as a SB Champion Seahawk fan, I say give him a “one yr. & prove it” contract.
    #12thDynasty

  49. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:22 PM

    DRAFT LANDRY FROM LSU AND YOU WILL GET A BEAST

  50. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:24 PM

    Guy does kick returns too

  51. trevor123698 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:44 PM

    he is just going to get hurt

  52. jrebar88 says: Mar 8, 2014 9:59 PM

    Welcome to Denver.

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