The New York Giants expect wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to be at this week’s mandatory mini-camp.
The 25-year-old missed each of the team’s voluntary OTAs, but will begin to incur fines if he fails to show up when mini-camp gets underway. Nicks would face a maximum fine of $66,150 for missing all three days of New York’s mini-camp.
“We have a mandatory camp. I would expect that he would be here,” said coach Tom Coughlin, according to ESPN New York.
During last year’s OTAs, Nicks suffered a broken right foot that plagued him throughout the 2012 season. Nicks missed three games and parts of others due to injury. He recorded 53 catches to go with career-lows of 692 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Nicks, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, is reportedly content to play out the contract and enter free agency in 2014. He’s earning $2.73 million this season. However, Nicks’ absence from OTAs was not tied to his lack of a long-term deal, according to NFL.com.
The Giants don’t expect Nicks’ running mate Victor Cruz to be at mini-camp as contract negotiations have stalled between the two sides. Cruz won’t be fined for his absence since he’s not currently under contract.
If Nicks chooses not to attend mini-camp, quarterback Eli Manning will likely be without his top two receiving options until training camp gets underway on July 26.