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.

52 responses to “Report: Nicks open to a one-year deal

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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 …

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. TY Hilton is the best receiver in the NFL.

    #EmbarrassedShermanBrownerThomas
    #MoreLikeTheLegionOfKittens
    #224YardsInOnePlayoffGame

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

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

    l

  19. “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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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