The rumblings about WR Hakeem Nicks being traded to the Detroit Lions for RB Mikel Leshoure and a draft pick were rippling throughout social media last night. Rest easy, they’re just rumors. Nicks is going nowhere – for now.
It appears the rumors started with a Lions fan wishes on Twitter. It was quickly quelled by Lions’ beat writer Dave Birkett.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Heeeeere we go. Nicks is in the last year of contract. He doesn’t catch a pass and only gets one look in a devastating loss in front of his friends and family in Carolina… and the rumors begin to surface.
Fact is, it’s not the craziest thing I’ve heard. The Giants and Nicks entered this season with Nicks needing a strong season to warrant a lucrative, longterm deal a la Victor Cruz. So far, the Giant offense has been in such a state, Nicks has not been able to rack up any significant numbers (9-107, 0 TD). Too bad for him.
The Giants, regardless to what Tom Coughlin says, are on the edge of the abyss. If they lose this weekend in Kansas City – and it’s hard to imagine they won’t – the Giants will have to entertain making a bold stroke or two to get them back on course for the future.
If the Giants are going nowhere, and Nicks is not in their future, why not test the trade waters…?
They have already planned for Nicks’ possible departure by drafting Rueben Randle last season and again by throwing a bag of money at Cruz this summer. Throw in Nicks’ decision not to participate in OTAs (which irritated Coughlin) and the Giants may feel Nicks is a chip they can to push to the middle of the table.
The bottom line is, Nicks is not going to get an offer from the Giants right now. He is certain to become an unrestricted free agent next March. With that being the case, they probably won’t be able to afford him, so why not explore all available options right now?
I personally don’t like the alleged Lions deal, but now that the rumors have begun to swirl, it’s very possible some tactile offers may be coming. The Giants need to rebuild in several areas, such as offensive line and LB, and a trade could get them in position to do just that.