Will Giants use franchise tag on Hakeem Nicks?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Today is the first day teams can designate franchise or transitions player tags. The period is open until March 3rd.

The Giants rarely use the franchise tag and will probably not exercise it again this year again. Since the rule was implemented in 1993, the Giants have only used it three times: Jumbo Elliott (1993), Brandon Jacobs (2009) and Steve Weatherford (2012).

This season, the team has only one viable candidate: UFA WR Hakeem Nicks, who if franchised, will cost the club approximately $11.6 million for the 2014 season. After that, if no long term contract deal is struck, Nicks will become an unrestricted free agent again in 2015.

As stated, the Giants will probably not use the tag on Nicks unless they can subsequently get him re-signed after they apply the tag and before the season begins.




17 comments
JamesWS
JamesWS

Hakeem Nicks really isn't that good on the whole. He's a good #2 WR with injury problems. Nothing to break the bank over.

Ed Oskay
Ed Oskay

They should use the franchise tag to break his stones and make him wait another year to make the big money since he took last year off.

cole3244
cole3244

let him walk he showed his true worth and loyalty last year.

georgie
georgie

Where ever he goes Nicks will be a star; he only needs a QB to throw him the ball.....that's all. Pats are interested in him.....mark my words he will thrive under Pats offense.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

I sure hope not. If the Giants place a franchise tag on Nicks, the entire front office should resign.

ABR
ABR

I thought the Giants used the franchise tag on Victor Cruz last year?

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

There's very few ideas that would be worse than putting the franchise tag on Nicks, if that happens then i'd expect us to bring back Matt Dodge and sign him to a 7 yr deal, i think he's over playing in New York, i think he'll most likely be a Panther or a Chief

Anthony Kunjbehari
Anthony Kunjbehari

In 2 words - "No chance". While I like what Nicks has brought to the GMen since he was drafted, he isn't worth near that salary. If they could sign him to a modest 3/11 contract, he might be worth that...



billysuede
billysuede

@Ed Oskay  so the giants have to pay him eleven million dollars for one year. how does that help their cap situation?

spider43
spider43

@georgie  ...  I agree that Nicks would be a star under the Pats system, but he should have been much better under ours, which to me sounds like underachieving. He's injured too much, and is starting to become the Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs of WRs. If he doesn't come back at a reasonable cost for what he's done the last couple of seasons, it's better to let some other team overpay for him, no matter which team that is, and in his place we get a decent compensatory draft pick down the road. When the 1st round comes up in the 2014 Draft and a miracle occurs where either of Watkins or Evans is available at #12 when the Giants pick, I would give serious consideration to taking either of those players as a replacement for Nicks and be ecstatic about that.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

That is a low - ball offer. One there is no point of even extending. It's a waste of time for both parties.

Let him see what the market is and if it's not what he expects and he is within the giants' range then he may come back.

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

@spider43 @georgieI only want Watkins with the 12th pick (if we pick a WR). I prefer Ebron or trade down. TE is bigger need and he is a nice target for Eli too.

Sasan Azar
Sasan Azar

@Billy Suede 

Hakeem Nicks is going to be a fantastic receiver again. Just mark my words. He is better than Cruz who has had two mediocre years these past 

two years. We are going to miss him a lot or at least I will.

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

@billysuede I know he will be gone before the 12th pick unless somebody put a ton of marijuana to his trunk.