Victor Cruz isn’t the only WR the Giants have with a contract dilemma this season. Hakeem Nicks is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent come next March.
“I don’t really negotiate my contract in the media. Let my agent do that. I just play football,” said Nicks yesterday when asked.
Good policy. Especially when he still has to prove that he can play at a high level. Last year, Nicks broke a bone in his foot during minicamp in May which caused him to be limited in training camp. He then injured his knee in a Week 2 game vs Tampa Bay and struggled to stay active all year. In some games last year, it was apparent by his body language that he was hurting.
In spite of his ailments, Nicks still posted 53 receptions for 692 yards and 3 TDs though most weeks it seemed like he could barely run.
“I knew what I was going through,” Nicks revealed. “Nobody knew what I was going though but me, but I felt like I came out better than the average person would in that position. So I feel like I was blessed to come out the way I did. It could have been worse. I fought through it. I did it for my team. It taught me some things. I learned a lot of things from myself. I just take it in stride and continue with my career.”
At contract time, the Giants will remember the grit and guile Nicks showed last season and the season before, when he battled shoulder, knee and hamstring issues. The frequent injuries, however, may work in the Giants’ favor during negotiations. If forced, the Giants could opt to slap the franchise tag on Nicks next winter if they can’t get a deal done.