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Hakeem Nicks can see himself playing with Luck, Newton or Rivers

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Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has spent some time this weekend making sure that NFL teams know that his knee and foot are fine after injuries to each slowed him over the last two seasons with the Giants.

Nicks also spent some time talking to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com and said that he hopes teams looking for “a missing link” to their championship aspirations give him the chance to show that he’s over the injuries. He told Anderson that he’s considering “a number of teams” and revealed a few of the players he could envision as his next quarterback.

“I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis, I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck,” Nicks said. “I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers.”

There’s no word on interest in Nicks from the Colts, Panthers or Chargers although the fact that Nicks is from North Carolina and played for the University of North Carolina in college and the Panthers need some help at wideout have led some to connect those dots while forecasting free agency.

Nicks also addressed a report that he’s willing to consider a one-year deal as a way to rebuild value he may have lost on the field recently. Nicks told Anderson he wants to “make it clear that I want a long-term deal” from whichever team signs him this offseason.

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42 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks can see himself playing with Luck, Newton or Rivers”
  1. pdubs212 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:07 PM

    As a Giants fan, I say good riddance. To his next team, I say good luck. Guy lost three steps over the past two years.

  2. tybyebye says: Mar 9, 2014 6:12 PM

    If he wants to be the “missing link” he should stay away from Indy.

    The truth is that he would only be 4th (counting both WR and TE) on the depth chart in Indy.

    1. TY Hilton – best WR in the NFL.
    2. Reggie Wayne – best possession receiver in the NFL.
    3. Dwayne Allen – best young TE in the NFL
    4a. Hakeem Nicks – serviceable WR
    4b. Coby Fleener – serviceable TE

  3. mywittyusername says: Mar 9, 2014 6:16 PM

    Can’t imagine how many FOs across the league are thinking “if only we could sing a long team deal with a guy that’s caught three TDs over the last two years! He’d be our missing link!!”

  4. degmen says: Mar 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    Are they willing play with a bum that only goes half speed and has a lack of effort. What a waste of talent. Could be one of the best if he gave %100 all the time.

  5. chaseutley says: Mar 9, 2014 6:20 PM

    If he’s looking for a team that values name recognition and potential to production, Oakland, Washington, and the Jets sound like better fits.

  6. dethrone408 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    He better see himself catching passes from Pryor & Mcgloin.

  7. revren10 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:29 PM

    He should go to Carolina help out cam

  8. doe22us says: Mar 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    A legend in his own mind, living in his past dreams thinking its the present.

  9. bearwithjetpack says: Mar 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    As a Chargers fan, it’s nice to see FAs saying that they’d like to catch passes from Philip Rivers. Having your QB be a selling point to FAs feels good again.

  10. arwiv says: Mar 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    Looks like Hakeem is going to be joining Tiki as guys who played greatly for the Giants but are still somehow disliked by the fan base. Way to accomplish the darn near impossible.

  11. charmcitychampions says: Mar 9, 2014 6:37 PM

    Typical ‘classy; responses from Giants fans. Guy was playing injured for them and he’s the bum. Meanwhile Eli is leading the league in INTs. But no, DAMN YOU NICKS!!!!

  12. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 9, 2014 6:38 PM

    At least he can see himself catching passes, nobody else has seen that in the last two years. Wait… I just saw myself catching passes from John Elway, fantasies are awesome.

  13. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:40 PM

    Easily could happen, but he wont be making any big bucks

  14. sportsbastard says: Mar 9, 2014 6:41 PM

    I’d take him on the Rams. About tired of seeing young WR’s drop passes/run the wrong routes, or in Brian Quick’s case getting hit on the back of the helmet while run blocking on a pass play.

  15. pantherfan40 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:41 PM

    Come to the panthers you can be our #1 wr and you can learn from one of the best wrs steve smith

  16. coltzfan166 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:42 PM

    As a Colts fan, I’d take him over Heyward-Bey.

  17. nfl fan says: Mar 9, 2014 6:45 PM

    Define “playing”, I haven’t seen that in two years.

  18. mlmeier says: Mar 9, 2014 6:48 PM

    I’d like to see him go to Carolina. They desperately need multiple receivers/TEs, and given his recent dip in production, he would seem a relatively cheap/low-risk signing for them.

  19. kev86 says: Mar 9, 2014 6:54 PM

    Any real Giants fan knows Nicks was terrible last season.

  20. greej1938l says: Mar 9, 2014 6:57 PM

    Dwayne Allen beat young TE in nfl. Hahahaha

  21. east96st says: Mar 9, 2014 7:00 PM

    Give him a QB that can throw an on target spiral to his own WRs more often than he does to opposing DBs and Nicks will be fine. Hard to accomplish much of anything when Eli is showing nothing. Eli Manning, $20 million for 27 INTs and QB rating of 69.4. Yeah, it’s ALL Hakeem’s fault.

  22. meatcarroll says: Mar 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    Come to Seattle so you can back up Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Percy Harvin.

  23. rohlo says: Mar 9, 2014 7:14 PM

    san diego could be in play here. denario alexander is done and malcolm floyd may not return from that serious neck injury. he would compliment keenan allen pretty well!

  24. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 9, 2014 7:25 PM

    Why play with Luck when you can play with Russell Wilson? He can actually get the ball to his teammates without it being caught by the others.

  25. truthfactory says: Mar 9, 2014 7:28 PM

    bearwithjetpack says:
    Mar 9, 2014 6:32 PM
    As a Chargers fan, it’s nice to see FAs saying that they’d like to catch passes from Philip Rivers. Having your QB be a selling point to FAs feels good again.

    —–

    Not to burst your bubble, but My guess is he went looking for teams he knows need a WR and hopes that he would be considered a target of that team in FA. If it was about the QB’s I’m sure Manning, Brees, Brady, and Rogers would have been on the “wish list” too.

  26. chaseutley says: Mar 9, 2014 7:33 PM

    I wonder if he’d take the veteran minimum to take Eric Decker’s spot in Denver. It might be the smartest move he could make.

  27. kev86 says: Mar 9, 2014 7:34 PM

    Sad to see. Best years behind him at young age.

  28. n0hopeleft says: Mar 9, 2014 7:48 PM

    east96st says:
    Mar 9, 2014 7:00 PM
    Give him a QB that can throw an on target spiral to his own WRs more often than he does to opposing DBs and Nicks will be fine. Hard to accomplish much of anything when Eli is showing nothing. Eli Manning, $20 million for 27 INTs and QB rating of 69.4. Yeah, it’s ALL Hakeem’s fault.

    ————-

    Hard to accomplish anything when your OL is falling over themselves and your “star #1 WR” isn’t even trying to create separation or read hot routes.

  29. bigblu73 says: Mar 9, 2014 7:52 PM

    As a Giants fan I’d like to say thanks for your effort while a part of the G-Men!!! You were certainly instrumental in winning the SuperBowl in ’11. While production has been down and injuries often, you were never bad for the locker room and often played hurt and thats to be commended! I don’t lay the blame squarely at your feet, we had a non-existant run game coupled with “Bad Eli”(The polar opposite of “Clutch Good Eli”) the perpetual turnover machine. Hopefully you will get a chance to bounce back and regain your former capabilities.

  30. campcouch says: Mar 9, 2014 7:55 PM

    I can see myself catching footballs with those guys too…but my luck is bad,so it’ll probably be me recovering a fumble from Chad Henne.

  31. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 9, 2014 8:21 PM

    He will be one of the LAST free agent wr signed

  32. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 9, 2014 8:24 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t get a response from Rivers, Newton etc. I imagine them saying yeah, we can see throwing passes to Hakeem and then watch in horror as he drops them.

  33. ctgiant says: Mar 9, 2014 8:36 PM

    If the New York Giants let there #1 pick leave, ya think people don’t know he played it safe last year, cause his head is filled with fantasy.
    I loved this kid out 0f the 2009 draft, but since 2012, his effort, being in trouble with his HC, and add several fines not showing up for OTA’s, is
    now the question he brought about all by himself!
    CT GIANT

  34. weekendwarriorko says: Mar 9, 2014 9:17 PM

    Giant’s fans haven’t suddenly turned on Nicks. We recognize the talent he has and the plays he made for the team. He played through injuries and that has to be respected. Injuries probably did impact him last year, but there was zero excuse for the lack of effort on multiple plays. Watching him half-heartedly run routes and allow Manning’s passes to be picked off without putting up a fight was sickening.

  35. wjmoffatt says: Mar 9, 2014 9:34 PM

    Dear Mr. Nicks,

    Please go play with Scam Newton. I hope you get a huge deal from the Panthers.

    Sincerely,

    Bucs fan

  36. edithpiaf51 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:42 PM

    Hakeem is terrible and those who blaùe Eli know not what they say. Eli cannot make his OL and WRs try hard and catch balls if their minds are out in space. Eli is a great QB but he is not God or Jesus. He cannot create miracles from a terrible o-line. Good riddance to Hakeem Nicks.

  37. DonRSD says: Mar 9, 2014 9:47 PM

    As Mr. Wonderful says on Shark Tank…….”You’re now dead to me.”

    See ya later Nicks. You’re in the Osi category now.

  38. med515 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:57 PM

    Great, so now Andrew Luck’s int rate will sky rocket thanks to Nicks’ propensity to quit on his routes. Colts fans just will love that. Or fans can watch Phillip Rivers have hissy fits at Hakeem on national tv. Smh. Nicks just wants to get paid. He quit on the Giants.

  39. robgilman says: Mar 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    Yeah, I could see myself playing for Montana, Manning, or even Brady

  40. east96st says: Mar 9, 2014 10:17 PM

    “Hard to accomplish anything when your OL is falling over themselves and your “star #1 WR” isn’t even trying to create separation or read hot routes.”

    Another Eli apologist. If the OL is falling over themselves, then how does a QB throw any pass at all? Try watching the games. Watch how many times Eli HAD all day in the pocket and STILL missed his WRs. Guy was the one of the worse QBs in the league last year and none of you clowns can admit it.

  41. ajwatt18 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:22 AM

    Him and Decker should go to New England. Brady with those 2 weapons is a dangerous offense.

  42. blu4l1fe says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    Majority of the Giants fans have voiced their opinion quite appropriately as evidenced in the earlier posts. Nicks is not the first, nor would he be the last to go through what he’s going through at this stretch of his career.

    Thank you for your services and best of luck in your future endeavors.

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