The New York Giants won’t be reaching out to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in free agency. According to Ian Rapoport via Twitter, multiple fines and a down 2013 season will keep the Giants from retaining the 26-year old receiver.
Constantly battling injuries and inconsistent play throughout his young career, Nicks hit new lows in 2013 (as did all of the Giants), as he caught just 56 passes and failed to score a single touchdown in 15 games.
Plagued by drops and nagging injuries, Nicks has seen his final days in New York and may have to latch on with a new team with a less than desired contract. That may include a one or two year deal and far less money than Nicks was hoping to earn himself in a huge contract season.
Nicks is still young enough and talented enough to bounce back and be a major bargain buy for his next team, but he’ll have to prove to someone that last year was more about the Giants not producing as a hole, than him losing a step. Blessed with great ball skills and solid play-making ability, it’s unlikely Nicks struggles to find a suitor in free agency. Teams needing major help at wide receiver like the Ravens, Lions and Panthers may express interest.