With a receiving corp that has Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Greg Salas (who?) and Santonio Holmes, who is probably on his way out after this season, it’s no secret that the New York Jets are desperate for playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Yes, under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg the Jets have shown big improvement in comparison to their disastrous 2012 season, but they still have a long way to go on offense if they want to be serious Super Bowl contenders down the road.
The Jets have invested heavily on their defensive unit the past few years, and it’s showing, but it’s time to work on the offense this offseason, in the draft and in free agency. One of the more intriguing free agents that will probably be available is New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is in his final year of his rookie contract.
In Nicks’ five season with the Giants, the receiver hauled in 297 passes for 4,346 yards and 27 touchdowns. His best seasons were in 2010 and 2011, but injuries the past few seasons have really hindered his production, and that will probably be the reason why the Giants won’t keep him past this season.
With a lack of playmakers, and with Holmes on his way out, the Jets should seriously consider Nicks — it doesn’t hurt that Nicks’ recent struggles with injuries will drop his stock. The Jets can sign the receiver for cheap and get a quality receiver in return. Nicks has shown that he can be a big-play receiver; he is the prototypical receiver that has sure hands and deceptive speed, and is strong enough to get physical. He is only 25 years old and still has a lot of football left in him, so why not go after him? Having Nicks will upgrade the Jets’ current situation at the wide receiver position.