John Fennelly, Lead WriterHakeem Nicks has skipped the voluntary portion of the Giants’ offseason program. It is suspected that Nicks is staying away so he doesn’t put his body in harm’s way unnecessarily like he did last season. Since he is about to enter the final year of his contract, his health is tantamount to his immediate football future. If he incurs an injury this season, his free-agent appeal and market value will sink. Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, has said that Nicks’ absence is not contract-related, meaning he’s not asking for a raise or a new deal right this second. But this respone by Schaffer today has taken the situation in a different direction…
Asked today if Hakeem Nicks' absence from OTAs is contractually related, Nicks' agent Peter Schaffer said, "It's a great day to be alive."—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 06, 2013
What does that mean? Is it or isn’t it? Maybe he doesn’t know. Tom Coughlin said today that he has not talked to Nicks. Maybe Schaffer hasn’t either. We’ll know by Tuesday what the deal is. Minicamp is mandatory and not reporting is a fine-able offense. According to Joel Corry of The National Football Post, Nicks will be fined over $66k if he skips minicamp. QB Eli Manning seemed disappointed that Nicks has stayed away. Cruz does not have a contract, but Nicks could have at least showed up. “I have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s all I can do,” Eli said.