Hakeem Nicks is one of best free-agent wide receivers on the market


In five seasons with the New York Giants, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has put together an impressive resume that includes two 1,000-yard seasons, an 11-touchdown season in 2010 and a Super Bowl championship. Unfortunately, all signs point to his duration in New York coming to an end.

Fortunately for Nicks, the 26-year-old wideout is expected to receive a big-money deal from another interested team.

cover32’s list of the NFL’s top free-agent receivers ranks Nicks as the very best of the crop, touting him for have a fairly good season—56 catches for 896 touchdowns—despite scoring not a single touchdown this season. They insist the old Nicks—the one who racked up 3,034 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first three pro seasons—is still in there. And they may not be wrong.

Nicks’ effort this season left something to be desired. It was evident he wasn’t giving it his all at times and friction with the Giants brass likely had a lot to do with it. Eli Manning and a dismal offensive line probably had a lot to do with it too.

Nicks is a mere certainty to leave New York for many of the aforementioned reasons, but that hasn’t kept fellow star receiver Victor Cruz from lobbying for his partner in crime to stay. The Giants don’t appear to have the cash to keep Nicks, however, with a laundry list of needs that must be addressed before forking over a major contract—like the one they gave Cruz last summer—to another receiver.

Still, the ball is in Nicks’ court. While the Giants may be out of the question, the 6-foot-1 pass catcher will have his pick at what could be a handful of teams seeking his services. Nicks still has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, with a superb skill set, size and hands to make him a valuable commodity for any offense.

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