Dana SorkinWith Victor Cruz’s contract finished, another big question has come up: What will happen to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’ contract?
The Giants spoke with Nicks’ agent during the offseason, but nothing was decided on in the end. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, now that Cruz is under contract, the Giants may not be too interested in giving Nicks the huge contract he’s probably expecting.
The Giants, who did open talks with Nicks’ agent but got nowhere during the offseason, according to an NFL source, may not be willing to take such a huge financial gamble on a fragile player. And even if they are, they might not have the room under the salary cap to have so much money tied up in two players who play the same position.
One person who seems to be openly concerned about the future of Nicks and the Giants? Mr. Cruz.
“I’m definitely going to put the pressure on [Nicks] to come back and see if he wants to play with me for the long haul and see if we can do this together for a couple of years,” Cruz said on Monday. “We’ll see how it goes. Hakeem’s his own man. He’s going to make his own decisions. But I’m definitely going to see if I can get him to stay with me for a couple of years.”
“I’m concerned as a teammate and as a friend because I want to see Hakeem around in Giants blue as long as we’re together in the National Football league,” Cruz added.
Nicks is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
In 13 games played for the Giants this past season (11 of which he started), Nicks had 692 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns.