Domenik Hixon may not be the biggest name at wide receiver for the New York Giants with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz on the team, but the Giants are going to have to make a decision on Hixon's future with the team as the battle-tested veteran hits free agency.
Hixon's had his share of setbacks, from the Kevin Everett situation to two seasons lost to separate ACL repairs, but he's always battled back and last year proved he was still a capable player.
Hixon has been really flexible for the Giants: he's played the slot, he's lined up outside and he's always been a reliable and productive special teams player. He certainly has value to the Giants…but with Nicks and Cruz entrenched at the top of the depth chart (and getting closer to new contracts of their own), Reuben Randle heading coming on strong and Jerrel Jernigan heading into his third year, we wonder if the Giants will want to pay what Hixon is worth on the open market.
Armchair GM says:
Hixon's got experience, versatility and last year as proof that the knees haven't totally hampered him, so there should be a market for his services. Can the Giants afford to compete in that market if Hixon is likely to be, at best, the fourth guy on their depth chart?
Sure, the Giants would love to have him as a trustworthy veteran in that role, but it's likely some team with a good eye for value will have a better deal than that waiting for him in free agency (though we should all hope he remains).
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