Hakeem Nicks Is Just Playing Tricks; The Deal Is Done

Josh BermanCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels smiles before the start of their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hakeem Nicks was known throughout his playing career as a physical wide receiver. He may lack in size but he makes up for it in toughness, tight routes, and great hands.

The New York Giants drafted him with their first-round pick (29 overall) for a reason. With Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer far gone the G-Men need to start looking toward the future. Nicks was supposed to be that first step.

So how is it that two days away from training camp he still doesn't have a deal in place?

It's not the Giants fault they have plenty of money to invest in their newest prospect, and plenty of faith to give him a multy-year deal. So what's the problem?

His agent, that's what.

Peter Shaffer has a lot of experience wheeling and dealing. He has represented many a hold out in his day and It would be no surprise to me if Nicks missed the first few days of camp.

But Giants Nation, don't worry, the deal will get done.

It has been reported that both sides are very close. It is very possible that a deal will be worked out by the end of the weekend. I wish I had a new perspective to offer on the situation, but it is really a matter of waiting and seeing.

I strongly believe it is not a matter of money or Nicks being unhappy, but instead, Peter is just playing the game the only way he knows how. He believes that the more time he holds back before pulling the trigger the more money Reese and the Giants will cough up.

Both sides want Nicks in camp as soon as possible. Neither party is dumb. They know the profound effect missed time can have on a players season. Although Nicks isn't going to need as much time as Ramses Barden (as Nicks comes from UNC's pro-style offense)j, he will still need all the reps he can grab if he wants to make a legitimate run at starting.

I personally believe the job will go to Domenik Hixon or Sinorice Moss with Steve Smith playing the other side. Looking to the future I can absolutely see Nicks and Barden being the leagues top one-two punch as they have a very Toomer-Plaxico swagger to their game (and size).

Anyways, not to fear Nicks will make it to camp in the near future (if not the first day). Peter is just playing some tricks to lure New York into the cave of the big bucks.

Update: No sooner had I written and published this article then Nicks got a deal done. Someone in the Giants front office must have read this and seen through the fog. First reported by ESPN, Nicks is said to have signed a 5-year deal. Although the financial terms have not been disclosed, Mike Garafolo reports that the total contract is worth 12.5 million dollars. Mike also is reporting that it is unknown which player(s) were waived in order to make room for Nicks.