It’s been pretty clear for awhile now that the Indianapolis Colts would look hard at a No. 2-ish wide receiver this offseason. Many had Eric Decker landing in Indy, but that ship has now sailed with his signing in New York. So as of Thursday, day three of free agency, all attention has turned to Hakeem Nicks.
The 26-year old is reportedly heading to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts and some are expecting a deal to get done. Nicks has also been linked to the Carolina Panthers over the past couple of days, but given that he’s yet to sign on there, it’s seeming more and more likely that Nicks could land with the Colts.
So, does he make sense for Indy? Is he worth the risk?
When it comes to Hakeem Nicks over the last two years, he hasn’t been great. In fact, he failed to even catch one touchdown pass in 2013. Clearly, the Giants as a team weren’t any good last year, but zero touchdowns is almost inexcusable.
In addition to his decreased production over the last two seasons, Nicks has also been injured often during his young career. In five years, he’s yet to play a full season.
Given all of that information, the signing of Nicks still makes sense for the Colts. But, only if they’re able to get him at a fair price. Even though his ceiling is still fairly high, his track record isn’t exactly the greatest. He’s a player that comes with some real risk, but at the same time, a player that comes with potential high rewards.
Perhaps a heavily incentive-laced contract is in order?
Nicks would be a great guy to pair with Reggie Wayne. Assuming that the veteran comes back fully healthy, he and Nicks would make a solid 1-2 punch, which could turn into a very nice 1-and-1A situation — of course, if the price is right.