Nicks with the media on Friday to discuss his future with the Giants and said he not only wants to remain with the team, but also mentioned that money wouldn't be a factor in negotiations and he also wanted to discuss "organizational stability with the team."
"Players, coaches, the organization," he said. "That's just something I want to make sure I look at. I don't want to get myself in a situation where there's a lot going on. This organization is great stability wise. You don't want too many changes going on here. I like how they're always looking out for a player's best interest and things like that."
Nicks has had a bit of a disappointing season in 2013 due to the fact that he's been held out of the end zone all season long with no touchdowns to go along with the 54 catches for 846 yards he has this season.
His future in New York was really brought into question after he missed the game against the Dallas Cowboys with an abdominal injury and head coach Tom Coughlin felt that Nicks didn't fight hard enough to play in the game last month against Dallas after not practicing for much of that week, thus prompting fans to start turning on Nicks.
But after speaking to the media on Friday, Nicks really sounded like someone who wanted to return to the team and didn't rule out taking a hometown discount to stay with the team; but part of the "organizational stability" Nicks wanted to talk about with the team was the notion of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride staying with the team.
Gilbride's future with the Giants has also come under heavy scrutiny due to his lack of imagination and creativity in certain games, plus the fact that the Giants offense had been shut out twice in 2013 and were the only team to be shut out until this past week. However, Gilbride is a long-time assistant and friend under Coughlin and has been a big part of Eli Manning's career, so it's not certain that Gilbride could get fired and throw in the fact that Nicks may want Gilbride to come back in order for him to sign a contract in the off-season and Gilbride might be back next season.
Tom Rock of Newsday tweeted that it was the first time all season where he felt that after he left Nicks' locker on Friday, that he legitimately felt Nicks could be back with the Giants.
"First time all season I walked away from Hakeem Nicks' locker thinking he could be back next year," he tweeted.
Some wondered before the season if Nicks would get a deal similar to the one Mike Wallace signed with the Miami Dolphins for at least $10-11 million per season over five years and $30 million guaranteed, but the production in his numbers might not warrant that kind of deal, but it sounds like Nicks may not even require that kind of deal in order to stay with the Giants past this season and could in fact take less to stay.S
So for all of the Nicks-haters out there who have bashed him all year for being nothing more than a greedy contract chaser, this news is the 100 percent opposite of all of those claims.
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