2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Hakeem Nicks
5 Potential Landing Spots for Hakeem Nicks
It has been a disappointing season for the New York Giants to say the very least. At 1-6, the team is in last place in the NFC East and is showing no signs of turning things around. On a team that is solid on paper, I doubt that the Giants will look to completely tear this down, but one guy who appears likely to be on the move before next Tuesday's trade deadline is Hakeem Nicks.
The 25-year-old Nicks is a talented receiver that is in the last year of his contract. The Giants have stated that they do not believe that they will be able to re-sign Nicks. With Victor Cruz and the emerging Rueben Randle on board the Giants are fine at the receiver position, and probably do not need to resign Nicks to a large multi-year contract.
If there is little chance that Nicks returns next season, and this season seems to be a lost cause, I believe that the Giants should just get what they can in draft pick compensation for Nicks before the trade deadline and move on.
In a league dominated by the passing game, I am sure that there will be plenty of teams interested in Nicks. He does struggle with injuries and his numbers have been underwhelming the past couple of seasons, but Nicks is still young and talented.
Here are five potential landing spots for Nicks before the October 29 trade deadline.
5. New York Jets
Now wouldn't this be something, the Giants send Nicks to the team that they share the city with, the New York Jets. At a surprising 4-3, the Jets are only one game back in the AFC East and appear to be legitimate contenders. Nicks would give quarterback Geno Smith a much needed weapon as the team looks to continue to surprise and fight for a playoff spot. Nicks appears to like New York and it seems likely that he would be willing to resign with the Jets.
4. San Francisco 49ers
There are not many weak spots on the San Francisco 49ers. The one obvious hole on the roster is the wide receiver position. They do have Anquan Boldin, but until Michael Crabtree returns, there is not much else at the position. I expect the 49ers to chase a receiver at the deadline, and Nicks seems like a strong fit.
3. Detroit Lions
With the injury to Nate Burleson and the fact that Ryan Broyles continues to be a disappointment, I think the Detroit Lions could look for a receiver at the deadline. I think that Nicks would flourish catching passes from Matthew Stafford opposite Calvin Johnson in this pass-happy offense. This would probably be the best case scenario for Nicks.
2. Indianapolis Colts
With the devastating knee injury to Reggie Wayne this past week, the Indianapolis Colts would be crazy not to at least look in to trading for a receiver. At 5-2, including wins over some of the best teams in the league, the Colts have a chance to be legitimate contenders this season. Acquiring a talent like Nicks would certainly help soften the blow of the loss of Wayne.
1. New England Patriots
Tom Brady has not been himself this season. The New England Patriots are obviously still alive at 5-2, but the offense simply does not look as strong as normal. Between injuries and off-season departures, Brady does not have very good receiving options. The return of Rob Gronkowski certainly helps, but I think the Patriots could use another receiver, and Nicks would be a great fit.