In all likelihood, the absence of New York Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks means that his agents have gotten to him, and he’ll be demanding a new contract before the start of the season. This is a legitimate concern for the Giants as they already are dealing with contract negotiations for free agent WR Victor Cruz.
Nicks’ absence forced the Giants to re-sign WR Ramses Barden. Barden was a disappointment in his tenure with the Giants. However, his familiarity with the offense and QB Eli Manning makes this a smooth hire. However, these organized team activities are voluntary, so Nicks isn’t really obligated to be there.
Cruz isn’t there because he isn’t on an official roster until he signs a deal. Nicks, however, is not a free agent and has gotten head coach Tom Coughlin upset. Manning enjoys continuing to build chemistry with his wide receivers, so Manning isn’t thrilled about this either. However, Manning knows this is a business, so he isn’t complaining.
Who knows how long Nicks’ absence will last until. Nicks was in North Carolina with Manning and Cruz when they were working out at Duke University with a couple of players from the Denver Broncos as well. Nicks didn’t give any indication that the contract situation was on his mind. However, we all know that Nicks will probably be looking for a little more than what Cruz will receive.
All Manning will do in Nicks’ absence is develop chemistry with WR Reuben Randle and newly acquired WR Louis Murphy, among others. It could only help as they try to get regular playing time. Manning will not be fazed at all.