The Giants have paid receiver Victor Cruz. They haven’t paid receiver Hakeem Nicks.
And there’s a chance they never will.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides aren’t talking as the final year of Nicks’ contract commences. While it’s easy to assume the Giants will use the franchise tag on Nicks, keep two important things in mind.
First, it will be very expensive to use the tag, in excess of $10 million. Second, the Giants don’t use the franchise tag very often.
Over the last 20 years, they’ve used it only three times.
So Nicks, if no deal is done, quite likely will hit the market. And he’d then be able to go, if he so chooses, to the highest bidder.