Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Giants WR
The New York Giants—just two seasons removed from winning the Super Bowl—may be on the verge of a fire sale. Hakeem Nicks, the team’s superstar wide receiver, could be one of the first pieces to go.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, there were several clubs ready to gauge the G-Men’s interest in dealing the fifth-year wideout.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team would keep Nicks.
The Giants didn't trade Nicks at this year's trade deadline, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be moved in the future.
From Pro Football Talk:
From @PFTonNBCSN, Giants OL David Diehl on WR Hakeem Nicks returning to the team next year: "I don't see it happening."— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 30, 2013
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Giants never wavered: keeping WR Hakeem Nicks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
Coughlin on Nicks trade talk: "I really feel badly about that, to be honest with you. That's something a player shouldn't have to deal with"— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 29, 2013
From ESPN's Adam Schefter
With Tuesday's NFL trade deadline approaching, Giants so far have resisted all overtures for WR Hakeem Nicks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
ESPN's Dan Graziano passes along a statement from Hakeem Nicks discussing recent trade rumors:
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said he is aware that his name has come up in trade rumors, but so far no one in the organization has said anything to him about it and, as of now, he expects to finish the season with the team.
"I'm a Giant, and that's the only thing I can focus on right now," Nicks said after the Giants' practice Monday morning. "I'm a Giant, and I love playing for the Giants. I'm a Giant right now, and I'm going to stand strong on that."
Nicks said he tries to block out "outside talk," but that he's heard some of this. He has not approached Giants general manager Jerry Reese or anyone else in the organization to ask about his status.
"I'm sure they've got enough respect for me to come to me and talk to me about a situation like that," Nicks said. "As of now, I'm a Giant. At the end of the day, business is business. But I haven't been getting any whiff of anything like that. I'm a Giant right now, and I'm going to enjoy it, and we've got to start winning games."
Graziano also reports the Giants are currently not actively looking to trade Nicks:
An NFL source said that the Giants have yet to entertain any Nicks trade talk, though the source acknowledged that things could change as the deadline got closer. The team hasn't ruled out bringing Nicks back for 2014, and the plan all along was to see how he played in 2013 after a 2012 season in which he was limited by injury and then decide whether (and at what cost) to make him a part of their future plays.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
From Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com:
Scott Piolo just said on the Dan Patrick show that "he knows the Patriots are still looking for WR help via trade" mentioned Hakeem Nicks.— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) October 14, 2013
While the Giants aren't completely out of the hunt in the abysmal NFC East, Big Blue may be willing to ship Hakeem Nicks off in exchange for future assets. The 25-year-old is playing out the last season of his five-year, $12.54 million rookie contract.
If Nicks were to be dealt at the trade deadline, he would be owed approximately $1.4 million for the remainder of the 2013 campaign, per La Canfora, and then hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
As per La Canfora, the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are two of the confirmed organizations having internal discussions concerning the potential acquisition of Nicks.
There will likely be many more suitors joining the fray if Giants general manager Jerry Reese makes his star receiver available. As La Canfora noted, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are just a handful of squads that could use help at the wide receiver position.
Due to the emergence of second-year receiver Rueben Randle, there is the possibility that the G-Men may be willing to let Nicks go in order to continue developing the young talent.
While Randle has been great over the past few games, it will be hard to replace Nicks’ production.
If he hits free agency, Nicks will likely be one of the top targets and should have a number of suitors willing to dole out a big contract for his services. He’s a proven No. 1 option in this league and his presence could upgrade a passing attack significantly.
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