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Nicks: Panthers made offer, but Colts were a better fit

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Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman has come in for some criticism this week after the Panthers released Steve Smith, lost Brandon LaFell and watched Hakeem Nicks sign with the Colts.

That’s left the team threadbare at wide receiver and comes as part of an offseason that’s seen a lot more talent leave Carolina than join the team. In the case of Nicks, at least, it wasn’t for a lack of trying by the Panthers.

“Yeah they made an offer when I talked to Dave Gettleman. But you know it just didn’t pan out the right way. I feel like this is the best fit for me,” Nicks said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “After talking to Gettleman, I think he agreed that this was the best situation for me, too, even though they made the offer. Like I said I feel like I made the best decision and I’m ready to make the best of it.”

Nicks’ deal with the Colts is reportedly for $3.5 million with incentives that could bump the value to $5.5 million. If he plays well on that contract, he’ll be in better position to get a long-term deal next offseason. Playing with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton in an offense with Andrew Luck at the controls may offer him fewer chances than he would have gotten as a clear No. 1 wideout in Carolina, but there should be plenty of opportunity for Nicks to make plays and restore his reputation after two down years with the Giants.

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20 Responses to “Nicks: Panthers made offer, but Colts were a better fit”
  1. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Mar 16, 2014 12:04 PM

    The panthers are in serious trouble on offense. Thank god I dont have to see that putz do the superman move anymore.

  2. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 16, 2014 12:09 PM

    Can anyone tell me what Carolina is doing?

  3. djstat says: Mar 16, 2014 12:12 PM

    Diva Nicks mailed it in in 2013. Hope he has a lousy season after he stole money from NYG. Punk

  4. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 16, 2014 12:13 PM

    It shouldn’t have even been close – what WR wouldn’t want Luck throwing them the ball over Cam?

  5. kd75 says: Mar 16, 2014 12:14 PM

    History shows that if the Giants don’t want you back, it is for a good reason.

  6. zimaman says: Mar 16, 2014 12:21 PM

    I think it’s pretty safe to assume the Panthers will likely take a wide receiver in round one

  7. terripet says: Mar 16, 2014 12:24 PM

    Wanted to go to a super bowl team

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 16, 2014 12:26 PM

    Since Nicks is from Charlotte it was easy to picture him going to Carolina but I think he has some old position coaches with the Colts and that made him more comfortable there.

  9. pantherfan40 says: Mar 16, 2014 12:36 PM

    i think a insider from the nyg gave gettleman a heads up on why not to get nicks , nicks is a lazy slouch

  10. bucrightoff says: Mar 16, 2014 12:43 PM

    Luck throwing it to me or Cam…not that tough a choice.

  11. raynman49 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:00 PM

    “Colts were a better fit”. Translation: They offered more money.

  12. qdog112 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:02 PM

    Everybody should stop making excuses for Gettleman. Nicks didn’t sign with Carolina because of Gettleman. Steve Smith was cut because of Gettleman. Gross and Hangartner retired because of Gettleman, all the free agents left because of Gettleman and no free agents were attracted to Carolina because of Gettleman.

    Stop the madness! It is what it is and Gettleman should have a press conference to explain himself. The Panthers fans are loyal to a fault.

    They should be DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY.

  13. qdog112 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:06 PM

    In isolation, the Nicks snub is no big deal, but taken in totality with ALL the other issues this offseason, you don’t need t be a genius to understand why he chose Indy over his home team.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:17 PM

    cause he know the panthers will be in a downslide this year

  15. mrtreyseven says: Mar 16, 2014 1:51 PM

    Id rather have Cam throw me the ball than Luck the guy is a pick magnet but everybody glosses over it because daddy played in the League, samething with Eli Manning. nobody ever points out how Luck puts his teams in the position to where they have to make a comeback in the 4th by him throwing multiple picks a game but he is such a great QB. If Cam had more than 1 receiver to throw to you might see greatness but another year has passed he doesnt have a 1 or 2 receiver to throw to….last i checked Reggie Wayne future HOF, Hilton was a high draft pick Luck has had receivers that can actually catch play with him LaFell aint done nothing since LSU guy is a 3 receiver at best

  16. pnut87 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    It’s a better fit because they already have no1 receivers there. Meaning he doesn’t want to try too hard.

  17. nfl4days says: Mar 16, 2014 1:58 PM

    Period acting like they’re weren’t treating luck apart when he threw 4 picks against the pats, a team that Can beat. Luck can get away with it because he can still use the “he’s young” excuse. If Romo or Dalton did that they would be shredded.

  18. vikingspride says: Mar 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    I would say its a better fit! When you go 12-4 in Carolina the GM has a fire sale and you are on the outside looking in. I understand that the defense was the main reason for their success, but when your franchise quarterback is making huge strides every year getting rid of all of his familiar targets isn’t going to improve your team. At this point the future looks brighter in Indy. Good Choice Nicks!

  19. goodguyattorney says: Mar 16, 2014 4:10 PM

    Wait a minute…what the…? You mean while Gettleman was trying to sign Nicks he told him THE OTHER team was a better fit? Seriously? Why even try? I guess that’s NOT trying. What is going on down there?

  20. gspeed65 says: Mar 16, 2014 4:29 PM

    Id rather have Cam throw me the ball than Luck the guy is a pick magnet but everybody glosses over it because daddy played in the League, samething with Eli Manning. nobody ever points out how Luck puts his teams in the position to where they have to make a comeback in the 4th by him throwing multiple picks a game but he is such a great QB. If Cam had more than 1 receiver to throw to you might see greatness but another year has passed he doesnt have a 1 or 2 receiver to throw to….last i checked Reggie Wayne future HOF, Hilton was a high draft pick Luck has had receivers that can actually catch play with him LaFell aint done nothing since LSU guy is a 3 receiver at best

    Cam Newton….. really? You really need to stop spoutingbut the mouth about something you know nothing about! This is the same quarterback it took a 2 and 14 team to the playoffs in his rookie season,I think Cam did that too, oh wait a minute my bad he didn’t! two important for him to do his Superman gig resident win football games. and one other thing, try 13 of 19 on 3rd down 11 of them being longer than 12 yards, and that was against the number one rated 3rd down defense in the National Football League! there isn’t one other quarterback who has done that and the only one to come close is none other than Peyton Manning!

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