It's been a far fall from grace for veteran unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who recorded just 45 receptions in the past two years with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants.
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Nicks Working In New Orleans
Wednesday, May 18
On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the New Orleans Saints are "working out a group" of wide receivers that includes Nicks.
Nicks was once a top two receiver with the Giants alongside Victor Cruz at the beginning of the decade. He was one of Eli Manning's most reliable targets, as he helped New York win its second Super Bowl in four years back in 2011.
Injuries saw a decrease in his numbers in 2012 before a 2013 season in which he didn't catch a single touchdown pass. That prompted Nicks, who was in search of a big-time deal, to walk in free agency and sign a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2014 season.
When Cruz was unable to play at all in 2015 due to a calf injury, the Giants brought in Nicks one more time, but in six games he caught just seven passes:
Hakeem Nicks Stats Split 2010-2011 Stat 2012-2015 155 Receptions 154 2,244 Yards 2,047 18 TD 7
Nicks is just 28 years old. In an interview back in April 2015 with Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, he said he was "nowhere near finished."
New Orleans is in the market for depth at the wide receiver position after it released 10-year veteran Marques Colston toward the end of February.
That means that the pass-heavy offense led by Drew Brees would have to rely on Brandin Cooks while being supported by Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, two wide receivers who have a combined three years of NFL experience.
The Saints selected Michael Thomas out of Ohio State in the second round of this year's draft, but bringing in a veteran wide receiver who has won a Super Bowl could be big in helping develop the younger pass-catchers in New Orleans.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com