David Diehl appeared on NBCSports’ Pro Football Talk with Erik Kuselias yesterday to discuss the Giants’ season thus far and what to expect. One of the topics Diehl spoke about was WR Hakeem Nicks.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening,” Diehl said. “I would love to see it. He is like a brother to me. He lived with me when he first got drafted by the Giants because we have the same agent. So I knew him coming out of college. But for the sheer fact that we just paid Victor Cruz, there is a lot of money to be had and Hakeem Nicks is a No. 1 receiver and someone is going to pay him that money.”
Nicks has 34 receptions for 521 yards (15.3 YPC) this season, but has yet to catch a TD. He will be a hot free agent next March and it is highly believed that Nicks will be out of the Giants’ price range. So, why didn’t they trade him?
GM Jerry Reese said the other day that that he received some calls after it was reported that the Giants were trying to trade Nicks, but he never admitted to actively shopping him. The Giants are also still in the divisional race, so they may not be willing to part with Nicks. There is also the possibility they believe they can get Nicks back at a reduced rate should he have a subpar season or gets injured again.
What appears to have happened is the offers for Nicks were no higher than a 3rd round draft pick and the Giants, after weighing their options, pulled him off the market. The prime destination for Nicks is Carolina, who would rather wait and bid for him in March than give up a high draft pick when they don’t have to.
The best trades sometimes are the ones you don’t make, so should the Giants make a run here in the second half, expect Nicks to be a key part of that.