When wide receiver Victor Cruz entered free agency only a season ago, it was his teammate, Hakeem Nicks, who had a gut feeling he'd return to the New York Giants. That feeling later proved to be 100% accurate as Cruz went on to sign a five-year, $43 million deal.
Now, with the shoe on the other foot, it's Cruz who has a gut feeling, telling reporters on Friday that he believes Nicks will return to Big Blue in 2014.
"I do have a gut feeling that he’s coming back. I don’t know if that gut feeling is true, but I do have a gut feeling and it’s more so just me being selfish," Cruz said on Friday. "That’s just what I want to see. I want to see him back here with us. I want to see him being his same old self, his same old calm, resolved self and hopefully that can happen, but if not, I wish him the absolute best and he knows that."
There may be something to Cruz's gut feeling, as Nicks spoke openly about wanting to return to the Giants for the first time all season on Friday. He went as far as to say he'd be meeting with the team next week and may even offer them a "hometown discount" assuming, of course, there remains an organizational stability.
"Like I always say, we know that I want to be here. I understand the business side of things. I’m sure we’re going to talk," Nicks said. "They know that I want to stay. It’s just a matter of how things are going to work out. We’ll know that soon."
With only one game remaining, it seems a bit odd that the waves of change have calmed so suddenly. Throughout the duration of the season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Nicks would not be returning to the team, but his statements on Friday would seem to indicate he's going to stick it out right where he is. And perhaps that has something to do with his lack of production this season, or perhaps everyone just had it wrong from the start.
Whatever the case may be, Cruz obviously wants his teammate to return and, if you take him at his word, Nicks still wants to be here. We'll see if all of that remains true come Monday.
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