Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, reports that the odds of free agent Hakeem Nicks’ being back with the Giants next season are “close to zero.”
Yesterday, HC Tom Coughlin seemed to imply that free agent WR Hakeem Nicks won’t be back with the team next season during his press conference Friday.
“He’s a free agent,” Coughlin said. “Who knows? I’m sure the market is where Hakeem will go.”
All signs have been pointing to Nicks playing elsewhere next season, so it’s not surprising to hear that Coughlin mention that he will likely test the open market in the coming weeks.
Nicks, 25, should be one of the more interesting free agents to watch this offseason, considering that he is among the best available options at the receiver position. Although, Nicks has never played a full season for the Giants and did not catch a single touchdown in 2013, so that could end up having an impact on this next contract.
Nicks did put together back-to-back solid seasons in 2010 and 2011, but has since seen his overall production dip in the past two years.
The Patriots have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Nicks, but it’s doubtful that they would be willing to get into a bidding war for him.
We have him listed as the No. 29 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.