Report: Hakeem Nicks misses OTAs over contract situation

Sam Spiegelman

If you haven’t heard yet, Hakeem Nicks did not attend organized team activities Wednesday.

Tom Coughlin said Nicks “should be here,” despite the sessions being voluntary, though Eli Manning said he didn’t expect the wideout to attend.

But while many attributed Nicks’ no-show to his numerous injuries, reports indicate the wide receiver may be sitting out OTAs to express unhappiness with his current contract situation.

Nicks is due $2.725 million this season, the last of his rookie deal. And while the team is currently mangled in complicated negotiations with Victor Cruz, it appears another headache may be on the horizon.

In February, it was reported the Giants were giving Nicks’ next long-term deal priority over that of Cruz, despite Cruz being a restricted free agent and Nicks having one more season left on his contract.

Nicks, who is recovering from a knee scope and a 2012 campaign plagued by both knee and foot injuries, recorded career lows in both yardage and touchdown receptions in 2012.

Coughlin said Nicks could have participated with some “limitations” in order to prevent any setbacks in his recovery.

Of course, Nicks’ health may ultimately prove to be the most important storyline for the 2013 Giants, as the team currently goes on without the services of Cruz.

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