Earlier on Monday, Mike Florio shared a conversation he had with Peter King on the Football Night in America set about the Giants looking into trading wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks’ name has come up as a trade candidate elsewhere as well, which isn’t much of a surprise. Nicks is set to become a free agent after the season, he’s had trouble staying healthy throughout his career and the Giants are 0-6, to name three reasons why a deal could make sense. Nicks said he’s aware of the trade talk, calling it something he can’t control while stopping well short of saying that he wanted to be a Giant for the rest of this season and beyond.
“At the end of the day, business is business,” Nicks said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “But I haven’t been given any whiffs of anything my way. So as far as outside talk, I can’t control that. But I’m a Giant. I’m a Giant right now, I’m going to enjoy it. We’ve just got to start winning some games.”
Vacchiano also reports that he’s heard from sources that the most the Giants could expect in return for Nicks is a mid-round draft pick, which might not be enough of a return for the Giants to make a deal that could be seen as waving the white flag on the season. Running back Brandon Jacobs said such a deal would be a “dagger” to the players left on the team, although it’s fair to wonder if that’s a real deterrent when those players have steered the team to their current spot in the standings.