Yesterday it was announced the New York Giants signed rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I let out the biggest sigh of relief from the news, with rookies like Michael Crabtree (still hasn’t reached a deal), Jeremy Maclin (deal could be reached soon), and Darrius Heyward-Bey (signed recently) making news of holdouts.
Regardless of the length of time in which they last, holdouts are annoying and I’m glad the Giants avoided it for the second season. Jerry Reese is making a name for himself as a GM who gets deals done for his rookies, which is a great legacy to have.
From the Associated Press:
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Giants will be reporting to training camp Sunday with all their draft picks, including the one they hope fills the void left by the release of troubled Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress.
First-round pick Hakeem Nicks became the last of the Giants’ nine picks to reach a deal when the North Carolina receiver signed a five-year contract on Saturday that will pay him a little less than $12.5 million.
“It was very important for Hakeem to be in training camp on time, so he can do his part to help the team win a championship,” Peter Schaffer, Nicks’ agent, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “He did not want to miss any practice time while his teammates were on the field and that was a strong impetus to get the deal done.”
Rookies who don’t show up to training camp show me things about their character from day 1. It’s disrespectful not report to work on the first day. So I’m glad the NY Giants don’t have that problem this season.
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