Maybe it’s the reality of free agency starting to set in, or perhaps he’s regretting his approach to the 2013 season. Whatever the case, the representatives of receiver Hakeem Nicks are being proactive in trying to drum up interest in the receiver’s services.
According to a report by Chris Mortenson of ESPN, Nicks’ camp—he switched representation to CAA for his contract and Jay Z’s Roc Nation for his marketing opportunities—is circulating medical assurances to assuage any concerns teams might have about his past foot and knee issues.
Nicks, of course, dealt with a broken foot suffered during a 2012 OTA practice. That injury eventually healed, but he went on to suffer a PCL injury when he landed awkwardly during an early 2012-season game against Tampa Bay.
The effects of knee injury seemed to carry over to the 2013 season, when the receiver failed to record a touchdown and at times didn’t seem to have the burst of speed or the ability to separate as he once had.
Interestingly, there has been no mention of the abdominal injury that was listed as the reason for Nicks missing the second game against the Dallas Cowboys.
That injury came to light when Nicks missed a Wednesday practice leading up to that critical NFC East showdown, and one which he told reporters was “ something all year, really, on and off” that had bothered him, an injury he classified as a “little strain.”
Interestingly, Mortenson also reported that Nicks, who has three touchdown receptions in the last two seasons, is not only receptive to returning to the Giants, he’s also willing to consider accepting a one-year “prove it” contract to show he can get back to his 2011 form when he caught 76 passes for a career high 1,192 yards,
It might be too late for him with the Giants, however. The NFL Network reported in January that Nicks was fined “multiple times” for reportedly missing treatments and being late, presumably to team meetings.
If true, those indiscretions plus the fact that Nicks skipped out on the team’s OTAs last year for the first time since being selected in the first round of the 2009 draft, could very well spell the end of Nicks’ time with the Giants.