Former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is available on the free agent market. He got signed to a one-year deal by the Indianapolis Colts last offseason. Nagging injuries and lack of production helped the Giants decision to let Nicks walk. The Colts offense is packed with playmakers, so Nicks was virtually phased out. If the price is right, the Giants should sign Nicks to a similar deal as the Colts.
Victor Cruz is currently rehabbing a torn patella. This injury, according to most doctors, is very difficult to come back from. Until Cruz hits the field, we will never know if he recovered properly. That leaves a huge hole in the offense. Signing Nicks as an insurance policy would be a smart move.
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Nicks worked well under Tom Coughlin, even though they have had their differences. He would thrive in the West Coast style offense that Ben McAdoo has installed. Nicks would even be a good fit as a third receiver, because Rueben Randle is very inconsistent.
This idea shouldn’t even be entertained unless Nicks would be willing to accept a financially feasible contract. He is not worth a large amount of money, even if it is for one year. Nicks would simply add depth to the roster and would make life for the coaches easier because he is familiar with everything. If Nicks manages to return to form, and Cruz doesn’t, he could very well have bought a one-way ticket back to New York with a multi-year deal.
Overall, this is an event that can’t be ruled out by the Giants because they are open to former players returning. Especially ones that helped them lift a Lombardi Trophy. That is why they decided to bring Mario Manningham back last season, despite the fact that his injuries and age got the best of him. Who knows, perhaps Nicks can come in and prove he was worth keeping all along.