Often clutch and always under-appreciated, wide receiver Domenik Hixon is one of many to-be free agents the New York Giants will need to address this offseason. However, unlike most free agents in recent years, Hixon isn't in a rush out the front door, and has been made to understand that the money may be greener away from New York, but the grass most certainly isn't.
"I talked to some guys who have left from here and the grass isn’t green on the other side," Hixon said. "We’ll see what happens. It’s an exciting time though."
One of the guys Hixon likely talked to is former running back Brandon Jacobs, who was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers after a public spat left him suspended for the latter part of the year. And never was there a more perfect example of "grass not being greener."
Of course, one could also ask wide receivers Steve Smith and Plaxico Burress, tight ends Jake Ballard and Kevin Boss (although the former didn't leave by choice) and cornerback Aaron Ross.
More often than not, players who choose to leave the Giants for more money often appear to be kicking themselves, wishing they could return. Hixon certainly doesn't want to become one of those, but he's also earned himself some consideration around the league and the potential for a solid contract. And he's thankful to Big Blue for that opportunity.
"They gave me an opportunity after two knee surgeries to come back, so I just wanted to go out there and just repay them and thank them for giving me another opportunity," Hixon said.
Ultimately, it will all boil down to what Hixon wants and what the Giants think he's worth. If they can get on the same page, it would be a no-brainer to bring him back. But will he accept the #4 role behind Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle? And, perhaps more importantly, would he turn down a better offer from another team to stay in New York?
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