The Carolina Panthers are interested in receiver Hakeem Nicks. Unless they aren’t. Unless they are in a range that suggests they really aren’t.
At a time when we’ve consistently heard that the Panthers aren’t interested in receiver Hakeem Nicks, Jason La Canfora reports that the Panthers are more than interested. Per La Canfora, the Panthers have made the Charlotte native an offer.
But the offer reportedly has a value of only $4.5 million per year, roughly a third of the $12 million annual average given to Mike Wallace a year ago by the Dolphins. If that’s the offer that has been extended, it’s possible that the Panthers are merely making a half-hearted effort to sign Nicks in order to calm down a fan base riled up by the cutting of Steve Smith.
It also could be a not-so-subtle message to any other veteran wideouts still looking for work regarding the team’s ballpark budget for the position.
Regardless, it would be a surprise if Nicks has acquired sufficient self-awareness to realize that his own market currently is much closer to $4.5 million per year than $12 million.