It seemed like the Indianapolis Colts were close to landing Hakeem Nicks on Thursday. After a 24-hour waiting period, it’s official. The WR has agreed to a one-year deal with the team.
This will mark the first time Nicks has changed teams during his five-year career, and if he was going to leave New York, he certainly picked a great new spot to land. The Colts are undoubtedly one of brightest up-and-coming teams in the NFL and now they’ve got help where they desperately needed it.
Sure, Indy probably could have survived with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton being its primary receiving targets. But the addition of Nicks makes the team’s offense much more dynamic.
Even though we know Colts fans are ecstatic over this news, I’m going to guess that no one is happier than Andrew Luck.
Nicks isn’t coming off a great season with the Giants. In fact, he’s arguably coming off his worst season as a pro. Nicks failed to record one touchdown catch in 2013, all while failing to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive year. Times were tough last year in New York, but it’s almost inexcusable to record zero TD catches over an entire season.
With all that being said, there’s no way Nicks goes all of 2014 without a TD reception. Luck is going to find his new weapon early and often, each and every Sunday.
The Colts likely have some concerns about an aging Wayne coming off of ACL surgery, so this signing of Nicks should make everyone involved with the franchise feel a lot better.