According to Hakeem Nicks, the Carolina Panthers made him a contract offer before he decided to a sign a one-year contract worth $3.5 million with the Colts a few days ago.
“Yeah they made an offer when I talked to (Panthers general manager) Dave Gettleman,” Nicks said, via the Charlotte Observer. “But you know it just didn’t pan out the right way. I feel like this is the best fit for me.”
The Panthers have taken some heat for their approach to free agency and the fact that they cut veteran WR Steve Smith who was without a doubt their best receiver. Carolina has already lost Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell this past week.
Interestingly enough, Nicks mentions that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman agreed that the Colts were the “best situation” for him.
“After talking to Gettleman, I think he agreed that this was the best situation for me, too, even though they made the offer,” Nicks said. “Like I said I feel like I made the best decision and I’m ready to make the best of it.”
There are still a number of decent available receivers in free agency now that we are clearly in the second phase of free agency. They are reportedly keeping an eye on Packers free agent WR James Jones who could be a good low-cost option for them.
The other positive for Carolina is the fact that this year’s draft class is loaded at receiver, so they could target the position multiple times in the middle rounds of the draft.