Nicks ‘not expected back’ with Giants

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, WR Hakeem Nicks is “not expected back with the Giants. WR Hakeem Nicks is not expected back with #Giants. Besides disappointing play, he was fined multiple times by the team.”

Rapoport reported through his Twitter account (@RapSheet) that “Multiple sources tell me Hakeem Nicks was fined repeatedly for being late to meetings & missing treatment. He battled thru several injuries”…and…“Nicks is not the only player to be late & miss treatment. He’s not a bad guy. But in a contract year, this frustrated #Giants.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I’ve been saying this all year. Nicks is nowhere near what he was several years ago. Injuries have had a lot to do with slowing him down, but his work ethic and attitude have held him back as well.  It’s a shame, but it looks like he’s played his way out of here.

John Mara, in his postseason address, intimated that Nicks was injured (“Well, he did not have his best year, but he played hurt all year also.”) It’s true that Nicks battled a groin ailment all season long beginning in training camp. He dislocated a finger in Week 2 vs Denver and jammed another one in the Giants’ Week 7 win in Minnesota.  Down the stretch, the groin “was not considered serious” and an abdomen that kept him out of the second Dallas game may have sealed his fate with the Giants.

Nicks came into the season proclaiming that he was fit and he felt the best he’s had “in a long time.” But as Evan Silva of Rotoworld outlined at the beginning of the season, Nicks has suffered a plethora of ills from the day he was drafted in 2009…“two hyperextended knees, a concussion, bruised ribs, groin tightness, a left foot sprain, a hip flexor, a broken big toe on his right foot, and six hamstring strains…”

Another factor is Nicks did not participate in OTAs and that irked Tom Coughlin to no end. The coach stated that Nicks “must get better,” but he didn’t, going scoreless the whole season with only one target in the red zone. It has been well documented that Nicks has lost a step, does not get separation like he used to, has suddenly developed unsure hands and has become passive when fighting for the football.

 




16 comments
jwill
jwill

I think this represents a major failure on behalf of the Giants. Here you have 1st round draft pick with obvious physical gifts, which were on display for his entire career with the Giants, save for this last injury-riddled year.


When you draft a player this talented, you're supposed to get a second contract out of him. basically what the Giants are saying is "Thanks for contributing in your developmental years, but now that you 6 years in and right in your prime, go help another team win.


The guy was injured this season, in which pretty much everyone had a bad season. He's still trending upwards. Give him the contract he deserves and let him retire as a Giant.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

My thoughts are he signs with Carolina or New England.  In either case, not a big contract - and one the Giants could have matched had he shown he was worth it.


Its unfortunate - not sure what happened here, but we'll miss the player we thought he could have been.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Hate to say it but since Cruz' arrival and his rise to stardom, Nicks seems to be pushed aside. Perhaps it's jealousy. Just my opinion.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Chau.  Maybe Nicks is Raiders material.

cole3244
cole3244

well the jints should get a decent compensation pick out of this, we are rebuilding not reloading. 

patience is the first order of business fans.

rico
rico

Shouldda woulda traded him during the season

matt520
matt520

I'd be shocked if Carolina doesn't throw some money at Nicks, he will end up the number two to Steve Smith.

Gary Dinapoli
Gary Dinapoli

u guys r late heard this an hour ago on nfl network 

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@cole3244 wit, the giants are rebuilding? Why do you assume that? They are actually reloading. They were 7-9...yes they ahve holes, but can fill them with draft picks and will be active in FA for the first time in a while. 

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@rico Not sure if there were any real offers for him. He leaves in FA, the Giants could possibly get a 3rd or 4th rounder as compensation next year

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@matt520 I agree 100%, Carolina needs another WR and with his college ties to Carolina it makes a lot of sense

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@matt520 Possibly, but Gettleman is not going to get short-changed, either.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Gary Dinapoli That's because we're reporting on their commentary. We've been writing about this for weeks. 

rico
rico

Ok, i retract the "coulda".

But we don't know if there were offers and discussions. I suspect the Giants expected a run to the playoffs and trading Nicks would have been percieved as surrender (quitting the season).

*see "shouldda"