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Nicks deal shows how far he has fallen

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In 2009, Jeremy Maclin and Hakeem Nicks were drafted 10 spots apart in round one, with Maclin going 19th to the Eagles and Nicks going 29th to the Giants.

Both completed their rookie contracts in 2013.  Both signed one-year deals for 2014.  Maclin stays in Philly; Nicks heads to Indy.

Nicks, per multiple reports, signed a contract with a base value of $3.5 million with up to $2 million more in incentives.  Maclin’s deal has a base value of $5.5 million ($3.5 million guaranteed), with a maximum value of $6 million.

And Maclin tore an ACL in training camp.

It’s a stunning contrast.  Maclin suffered an injury that Nicks surely feared he’d sustain in his contract year (remember how he stayed away from offseason workouts?), and Maclin still had a better contract year than Nicks, who started 15 games.

This year, Nicks and Maclin each have a clear incentive to have strong contract years.  But Nicks had a strong incentive last year, too.  Unlike Maclin, Nicks was healthy enough to capitalize.

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48 Responses to “Nicks deal shows how far he has fallen”
  1. wwrgesusd says: Mar 14, 2014 11:42 PM

    Both will regret not signing with the Burgandy & Gold! Little boy blew is an interception machine and Foles takes a major step back this year! HTTR

  2. anonymous135 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:49 PM

    He’s never healthy unfortunately..

    Loved watching him absolutely dominate early in his career (especially last game @ UNC)

  3. realfootballfan says: Mar 14, 2014 11:49 PM

    Anyone ever think that maybe Eli was the problem with his league high turnover numbers? I guess we’ll soon find out because Andrew Luck does not suck.

  4. sportsbastard says: Mar 14, 2014 11:52 PM

    One can catch (Maclin), one has rock hands. (Nicks)

  5. pantherfan40 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:52 PM

    Mcnutts better

  6. kcroyal says: Mar 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    Yep, that half a million is really indicative of…something. Great work.

  7. mattbarkley123 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    thats my boy maclin!!!! make money son!!!

  8. marley6673 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Haha, Redskins fans are funny. Birds may hang 100 on Wash in the two matchups this year.

  9. justheusual says: Mar 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Randle, time for you to step up

  10. superawesomeasskicker says: Mar 15, 2014 12:06 AM

    If I were starting a team, I’d rather have Foles or Luck over RG3. The guy is made of glass and it’s just a matter of time before he takes another hit and tears his ACL again. Plus, both Philly and Indy have better supporting casts than they have in DC. I’m not a fan of any of these teams, I’m just looking at each team’s situation objectively.

  11. atodaso says: Mar 15, 2014 12:13 AM

    Burgundy and gold? Never heard of em. They play football?

  12. tmdill18 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:35 AM

    Really – $5.5m vs $6m is ” a stunning contrast”? That is hardly a stunning contrast.

  13. phanatic2013 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:36 AM

    Nicks was lazy last year if anything they were always playing from behind wich would give him more passing opertunities and he looked slow and like he was not into playing.

  14. vicnocal says: Mar 15, 2014 12:39 AM

    I’ve always thought Nicks was a solid receiver who came up big in big games. Should be a nice target for Luck.

  15. davikes says: Mar 15, 2014 12:48 AM

    Nicks also suffered from being with a team with a dismal offense. When your QB is running for his life and throwing picks, you’re not going to have a great year. Nicks will be better with the Colts.

  16. andreboy1 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:52 AM

    Both are far inferior draftees, players and men, when compared to the great Michael Crabtree.

  17. geniusesq says: Mar 15, 2014 1:03 AM

    He is getting less money because he gives less effort. Not shedding a tear for a dude pulling in 3 to 6 MILLION. #OhPoorGuy

  18. doe22us says: Mar 15, 2014 1:36 AM

    A couple of things should be noted, I am sure Maclin would have balled out had he not been injured, Nick’s was really good at a certain point, but not sure if injuries or self preservation made him tank it the past two years. Anyhow, strong miscalculation and quite dumb if you ask me.

    Unrelated had Clowney balled out for SC this school year, no question he would have been No 1. Now GM’s are questioning his commitment. Some of these guys are just not smart.

  19. trojanrabbit2 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:55 AM

    Redskins fans are amazing. So much bravado based on so much crap. Even if Foles takes a step back the Eagles have one major advantage…. Not having Daniel Snyder as an owner. When you compete against Snyder and Jerry Jones in your division you are destined for good things.

  20. olyniner says: Mar 15, 2014 2:17 AM

    Did Reggie Wayne retire? Why would he be #3 in Indy instead of being # only in Carolina? Contract year 2.0 enjoy your next one year contract next year nicks

  21. lucktotyallday says: Mar 15, 2014 3:22 AM

    Good signing and next year Da’Rick Rogers will break out

  22. tuckyous says: Mar 15, 2014 4:21 AM

    I’m very uncertain as to which embarrassingly terrible team you are referring to. Case in point.

  23. heeeeelzfan says: Mar 15, 2014 4:48 AM

    Nicks will be fine. Great mentor in future Hall-of-Famer Reggie Wayne, support from Hilton, Allen, Fleener, and arguably one of the best quarterbacks in league.

  24. blueballz77 says: Mar 15, 2014 6:18 AM

    Take a step backwards? You mean like the Redskins 10 steps backwards last year.

  25. diegiantsdie says: Mar 15, 2014 6:37 AM

    Just like I said. Maclin is way better than nicks. And everyone criticized philly for passing on the lazy wide out

  26. mortyglickstein says: Mar 15, 2014 6:52 AM

    Burgundy and Gold? I’m sure all the top free agents are Pondering if they want Cassel or Luck tossing them the rock. Tough choice. Lol

  27. arlingtonassasin says: Mar 15, 2014 7:12 AM

    money driven business getting in the way of giving 100% heart. Upsetting and frustrating to all. Those who love the purity of competition and sport …..avert your eyes

  28. jswheeler says: Mar 15, 2014 7:13 AM

    Remember how bad of a year Nicks QB had and factor that into the equation. If you have a QB who has his worst statistical season then your numbers won’t look so good either.

  29. RexCanCoach says: Mar 15, 2014 7:37 AM

    Your nuts, Nicks should be thrilled that he gets a chance to prove himself And gets paid $3.5mil And is a free agent next year And in a year with a bumper crop of WR’s in the upcoming draft. Now with Luck throwing the ball to him as opposed to Eli throwing the ball over his head, Nicks is in such a good spot.

  30. peymax1693 says: Mar 15, 2014 7:50 AM

    Nicks has underperformed the last 2 years. I know he was battling injuries lot of the time, but he even when he was healthy there were questions about his work ethic.

  31. coltsfan1988 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:13 AM

    Idf by interception machine you mean not throwing them then yes… He threw the fewest regular season ints out of most of the league. You can’t count the playoffs… Since the “burgundy and gold” didn’t even make it there.

  32. jaggedmark says: Mar 15, 2014 8:18 AM

    “Nicks deal shows how far he has fallen”

    and how bad Eli has gotten

  33. cguy7 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:24 AM

    I heard the Skins are willing to trade up and mortgage their future on an overrated track star/qb….

  34. kev86 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:26 AM

    Maybe Nicks will like playing indoors. He stunk last year. Hurt a lot more than helped. Sad but very true. Thanks for 2011.

  35. gmsalpha says: Mar 15, 2014 8:43 AM

    I don’t know if $5.5m vs $6m is that stark of a contrast, assuming Nicks reaches his incentives, which I think he will because the Colts don’t have the same offense as Philadelphia, and Hakeem could very well be a solid weapon for Andrew Luck.

  36. dbones750 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:48 AM

    Good luck Hakeem. Hope he stays healthy and gets back to form

  37. wsnygiantfan says: Mar 15, 2014 8:50 AM

    I like Nicks, but there is no denying he kind of quit last year, didn’t really seem to be trying. I don’t understand how he could do that in a contract year. I hope he has a good year, at least the Colts are a better team than the Raiders, poor Mr. Tuck.

  38. beedubyatoo says: Mar 15, 2014 9:06 AM

    Burgandy & Gold?

    I don’t think either are eligible to sign with USC. But, if so, it would probably be as walk-ons.

  39. newjerseygiants says: Mar 15, 2014 9:31 AM

    Nicks is a loser. After this year, he’ll be gone.

  40. indywilson40 says: Mar 15, 2014 9:46 AM

    Nicks, Hilton, Wayne, Allen, Fleener, Rogers, Whalen catching passes from Luck spells championship.

  41. anonymous135 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:08 AM

    I’m going to be crying from laughter if DHB beats him out for wr2/3 rofl

  42. oldbyrd says: Mar 15, 2014 10:17 AM

    You guys from Washedupington are hysterical.

  43. buzzlightner says: Mar 15, 2014 11:10 AM

    I agree with foles is gunna take a step back..but taking a step back from 3 interceptions wont be all that bad

  44. fordmandalay says: Mar 15, 2014 11:49 AM

    Yeah and Nicks even had a good QB in Eli Manning throwing to him….oh I’m sorry I thought I could get through this without laughing but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahaha…

  45. pharmdkee says: Mar 15, 2014 2:16 PM

    Nicks or Maclin couldn’t hold MegaTron’s nuts.

  46. dippiscott says: Mar 15, 2014 4:50 PM

    Nicks is so fraidy-scared to injure something that he doesn’t make the cuts that he used to. As a result, he can’t get separation from even the most pedestrian corners. His career is done.

  47. campcouch says: Mar 16, 2014 10:11 AM

    Eli has two rings.

  48. gtownmayormike says: Mar 16, 2014 1:22 PM

    You need to remember that Hakeem Nicks went to the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill..Athletes there get admitted on special exemptions because they didn’t qualify academically…What does that mean? It means they didn’t meet the academic standards set forth that all other students meet to be accepted in to the university…They probably rarely go to class…probably have tutors do their work for them…They sit around and fart, tell jokes, have no respect for authority, no integrity, show no responsibility for their actions, zero character, undisciplined, behavior that is totally unacceptable and most of all just plain LAZY….This leads to what you see on the field…Some talent but no measurable activity going on above the shoulder pads…Just look at Julius Peppers…He attended UNC….Notice I said ATTENDED…I heard he had 4 F’s and 2 D’s? Yet he was able to compete in both football and basketball at UNC…Now why was that? Why did the university let him play with those grades? Why did the NCAA not step in?$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ That is why…Its all about the money now…Is this the message we want to send to our children? That if you have you talent to play sports to not worry we will pass you along…You need not worry about academics..You need not become educated…You need not be academically challenged as well as athletically challenged? When are we as people going to change this mindset? When are going to ask more of our universities, of the NCAA…With the popularity of the NFL and the exposure the league gets..You would think they would step in and say enough of this…The NFL is a great position to change the mindset…They can demand for the players coming into the league to be educated to the same standard that all of the students at the universities must adhere to…It would make for an even better NFL…Take some of the trash talking and violence out of some of these players and put in an educated mind where they would show respect and honor…The young fans then would see what it takes to play in the NFL and then start to implement into their lives what in necessary to achieve their dreams of playing professional sports…What a great world it would then be..An education goes a long way….

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