Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that “several” NFL teams are “planning to determine the degree to which New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks might be available” now that the Giants have started the season 0-6.
- La Canfora mentions that teams now view Nicks as the “best option available.“
- La Canfora adds that several GMs believe the Giants could get “at least a third-round pick” for Nicks.
- Citing “club sources,” La Canfora reports that the 49ers and Falcons have held internal discussions regarding the idea of trading for Nicks.
- La Canfora also lists the Patriots and Ravens as two other teams who could have interest as well.
Nicks, 25, is clearly one of the best available players as we grow closer to the NFL trade deadline on October 29.
If the Giants can get a third-round pick or better for Nicks, they would almost certainly have to consider it at this point in the season. After all, Nicks is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season, and according to La Canfora, he could target a similar contract to that of Mike Wallace (five-years, $60 million total, $30 million guaranteed).
New York has already locked up Victor Cruz long-term and has Rueben Randle as a possible replacement on their roster, so committing that kind of money to the receiver position would be somewhat of questionable move.
Typically, we don’t see big names get moved before the trade deadline, but teams have already shown a tendency this season to work out trades, so there’s at least a reasonable chance that Nicks is playing somewhere new in the coming weeks.
We have Nicks listed as the No. 12 player in our Top 50 – 2014 Free Agents list.