The New York Jets are going to make some moves in free agency this offseason. They have a lot of big contracts coming off their books this summer and are going to try to make some big splashes. The biggest need for the Jets right now is weapons as their receivers were flat out awful last season. One of the rumored names that the Jets might be interested in is Hakeem Nicks, the former New York Giants receiver.
Nicks is actually like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get out of him. Through 2010 and 2011 he had totaled 2,244 yards receiving, back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons and a total of 18 touchdowns. But the scary part about Nicks is how horribly he performed in his contract year. This season Nicks failed to score a touchdown and only had 896 receiving yards. He seemed to be giving no effort at some points during games. At one point Tom Coughlin made him a healthy scratch for one of the Giants’ games for an undisclosed reason.
Geno Smith is a young developing quarterback, and the Jets need to surround him with professionals. Nicks is a player who is a lot like Santonio Holmes. He talks a lot but has a hard time backing it up. Whenever a player’s effort is questioned that is an immediate red flag. There is no question Nicks has tremendous talent, but his effort is a serious problem. When you are trying to develop a young team and quarterback you cannot afford to have those types of players around.
The Jets are going to make some moves this offseason in order to bolster their wide receiver position. If Woody Johnson, John Idzik and Rex Ryan are smart they will stay away from Nicks.