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Team: Indianapolis Colts
Length: One year
Total: $4 million
Average per year: $4 million
Guaranteed: $2.25 million
If not for a season in which Hakeem Nicks was held out of the end zone, we might have been talking about how rich this wide receiver had become. Instead, we are wondering just how rich he will be after next season.
Nicks couldn't net the monster deal he has long wanted from the New York Giants this winter, but he did the next best thing: He found an elite quarterback in need of a go-to man and signed up on a one-year deal that will give him another go at a contract year.
If Nicks proves healthy and motivated, Andrew Luck can make him millions.
Chuck Pagano told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star:
There's only one football. When you have great competitors and great players like we have, they all want the rock at the same time. They all certainly know you only have one football. It's a great situation that we have getting those guys back, getting Dwayne (Allen) back, Ahmad (Bradshaw), Vick (Ballard), Reggie (Wayne) and then adding Hakeem. It's a great situation. ...
(Nicks has) big, big hands, can make huge plays, physical guy. Everybody is going to get up in your face and play bump and run and make it hard for you to get off the line of scrimmage. He gives you a big physical presence. He'll do a great job against press coverage.
Nicks is the type of receiver Luck has lacked in his young career. A healthy year out of Nicks—at a reasonable contract rate—can be a match made in heaven, perhaps to the tune of 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.
That would surely net Nicks the kind of dollars he thought he had coming to him a few years ago. He was the top bargain in a pricey offseason in which many lesser talents received some outrageous contracts.
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