2014 NFL Free Agency: Detroit Lions Should Target Hakeem Nicks

By jaredgoltz
Hakeem Nicks
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With NFL Free Agency set to start tomorrow, there has been much speculation as to what the Detroit Lions are planning to do. While they have a priority in signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, they also have glaring needs at various other positions, such as safety, cornerback and wide receiver. One player that the Lions should target during free agency is Hakeem Nicks.

It has been made evident that Nicks is only seeking a one-year deal in hopes that he can have a big season and sign a more lucrative long-term deal following next season. Given the Lions’ situation with Suh, Nicks could be the perfect fit. They could sign him to a one-year contract for a reasonable amount of money, and if he underachieves, the team could let him walk next year and pursue other options.

If he blows up like he is capable of doing, then the Lions may find their long-term solution for a threat opposite of Calvin Johnson. Nicks has only been in the league for four years and at 26-years old, he still has plenty of time left in the league.

Over the course of his four-year career, Nicks has accumulated 4,622 yards to go with 27 touchdowns. One red flag that accompanies him is that he has missed at least one game due to injury in every season of his career thus far, but no more than three in one season. Nicks had 896 yards and no touchdowns last season, but was playing most of the year through injuries. With an offseason to recover, he should be back to full strength and ready to go for this year.

Nicks has shown off his physicality and big play ability during his time with the New York Giants. He could be exactly what the Lions need in terms of a big play receiver lined up across from Johnson. It will be interesting to see the Lions’ approach to free agency as it kicks off tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET.

Jared Goltz is a writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @jar3d_, or find him on Facebook or Google+

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