Polian believes that the Giants have more pressing needs, particularly on the offensive line and at running back to address. He also adds that Jerrel Jernigan “could step in Nicks’ role, or they could get a receiver at a lower number than what he’ll command on the open market“.
Nicks, who last year recorded 56 receptions for 896 yards with an alarming zero touchdowns, has been plagued by inconsistent play, and persistent rumors that he was often late for team meetings.
The Giants extended WR Victor Cruz last offseason, and Reuben Randle showed significant promise hauling in six touchdowns in his second season out of LSU. The aforementioned Jernigan has shown glimpses of being a quality slot option, despite questionable hands.
The Giants are projected to have roughly $13 million in available cap space, according to Overthecap.com, which means there really isn’t room for a big contract while addressing some other needs.
We have Nicks rated as the No. 29 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.