New York Giants: Team Must Sign Hakeem Nicks


With all the chatter about the 2015 NFL Combine, the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft and of course free agency, this would be the perfect time for the New York Giants to go after Hakeem Nicks. Yep, that’s right, I said Nicks. Although he ended his 2013 season with the Giants on a somber note and mediocre chemistry with Eli Manning, he could still be valuable to the team in regards to depth.

The Indianapolis Colts signed him to a one-year deal last season. It gave Nicks a chance to prove himself as being able to prove he still has what it takes to succeed. While he wasn’t anywhere near the top of the NFL, he got healthier and had a decent season scoring four touchdowns, 403 yards on 38 receptions.

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Although, Nicks is getting older and has suffered injuries in the past, he brings experience and knowledge to any team he is a part of. He could also come as a rather inexpensive option to help add depth to the team since he has appeared in playoff games and won Super Bowl 46 with the Giants. You can’t put a price on that.

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense should finally click come next season. With the anticipated return of Victor Cruz and the amazing Odell Beckham Jr., why not add Nicks in the mix? He might still have some magic left and could be a part of a fierce triple threat. The Giants need a powerful deep wide receiving corps to be competitive in the NFC East.

Since Nicks left when it just wasn’t working anymore, he’s a free agent now and most likely won’t command too much money. The Giants could sign Nicks to a short-term deal and draft much needed offensive linemen and defensive players.

Aug 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) gets a hug after the game from Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (14) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

He would bring speed and if he stays healthy, could rekindle the past and be an awesome play-maker. As an experienced wide receiver, he could also be a mentor and motivator to the new young wide receivers on the team.

Nicks returning to the Giants would be nice for the city and mean a lot to fans like myself since a second chance wouldn’t hurt. If the Giants could sign Mario Manningham to a one-year deal in the 2014 season why not Nicks? It was also in a similar kind of role since the Giants love bringing back players they know can still contribute.

I could see Nicks in a #14 jersey since wide receiver Corey Washington now wears the famous #88 jersey. It’s up to the general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin to determine if this could be a good route to take. I’ll just sit back, drink my coffee and keep my fingers crossed.

Overall, I anxiously await hearing the news that maybe this could turn a reality since the Giants won’t probably break the bank on another wide receiver in free agency but bringing back Nicks for old times sake would be nice.

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