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Hakeem Nicks not Expected to Return to New York Giants; Fined Multiple Times by Team: Report

January 19th, 2014 at 9:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Any lingering hope that Hakeem Nicks and the New York Giants will come to terms on a long-term contract seems to be dwindling, as Ian Rapport of NFL Network reports that the wide receiver is not expected to return in 2014.

In addition, Rapport also revealed that Nicks was fined several times by the Giants in 2013 for both being late to team meetings/film review and for missing injury treatment. Apparently, Nicks battled through a wide range of injuries that went undisclosed during the season, but failing to show up for treatment seems curious.

Than again, the table was set early in 2013 when Nicks failed to show up for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for reasons that still remain murky — reasons that General Manager Jerry Reese recently refused to address, telling reporters if they wanted to know, they should ask Nicks himself.

As this offseason began, Nicks repeatedly stated he'd like to return to the Giants, but also noted that business is business and wouldn't rule out playing for a team like the New York Jets. He also said he wanted to meet with the team — which he and his agent did — to discuss "organizational stability" prior to the retirement of then offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

All the while, team owners, Jerry Reese and even head coach Tom Coughlin seemed to be sending mixed signals about Nicks and his pending free agent status.

"Well, it just didn’t happen for him. We all scratch our heads over that one because when Hakeem came back he wanted it more than we will ever know. He had certain things happen year to him,” Coughlin said in early January, adding that Eli Manning had lost trust in his wideouts. “A couple of times the ball would be there and he just didn’t go for the ball and a couple other time he just wasn’t able to get himself open on a continuous basis. It just wasn’t a very productive year, as much as we would like to think. A couple years ago there wasn’t a more productive receiver than Hakeem. Hopefully for his benefit and his family, he comes back and has a great year."

Ultimately, this news should come as no real surprise. Hakeem Nicks hasn't been Hakeem Nicks in several years and his attitude toward the team and the game of football seemed to deteriorate this past season.

Some potential suitors include the aforementioned New York Jets, as well as the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots.

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5 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks not Expected to Return to New York Giants; Fined Multiple Times by Team: Report”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Dan – My point about TT is his comeback was extremely unlikely. Maybe it’s more mental than physical but for whatever reason only TT and thomas Davis have returned for 3 ACLs. And for that he definitely deserved comeback layer of the year he just wasn’t high profile enough to win. That doesn’t in anyway change just how great his comeback was. I’m happy he proved me and many others wrong.

    The NFL network just did a segment saying it was unlikely Nicks returns. This most of us already figured. But what they added is that Nicks had been fined several times for things like being late to meetings and missing treatments. They were basically saying Nicks was a Giant distraction this year. Our discussion about Nicks has always centered on his play, healthy and just how important he is to keep. But this if true adds a different view to the whole situations and if true makes it nearly impossible to keep him no matter his numbers or health. Not being professional is a deal breaker. I hope it’s not true because I like Nicks but it makes sense with his performance on the field.

    Being on Hard Knocks might be a good thing. It will put proper scrutiny on some roster decisions we might question. I think at this juncture it might be the right time just as we are trying to rebuild on the fly and no longer have so many positions and starting slots locked in.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    And speaking of comeback players next year if we are a 10-11 win type team both Eli and JPP should be in that conversation and Beatty to a lesser extent.

  3.  BillyS says:

    I’ve been a big supporter of Hakeem Nicks, but with all of these reports of him missing treatments and being late…it’s hard to support him anymore. He wasn’t very good since getting injured, but I held out some hope that he just had to get healthy. But now when adding in the fact that he intentionally missed treatments…what is the guy thinking? Those are designed to help with rehabilitation. Skipping them did nothing for him and actually hurt him. It makes him look lazy and selfish. Why does he deserve tons of money? If he had gone to the meetings and been a good sport then I could see how the Giants may think he’d be worthy of a long term deal, but definitely not any more. He’s very talented, but always hurt. And now he’s got attitude/baggage as well. Looks like it’s time to find a new WR. Should have traded him to the Lions when we still could.

  4.  Dirt says:

    McAdoo is a breath of fresh air vis-a-vis the arrogance of Killdrive:

    @ConorTOrr: Meet Ben McAdoo, who once drove 15 hours for a handshake, and who makes colleagues wonder if he takes bathroom brakes

  5.  JIMMIE D says:

    McAdoo coached at Fairfield University in CT. before it shut down, I enjoyed the story
    about him, he seems like a TC Clone, in at 5am out at 1am, great hire imo.

    On Nicks, no one can be more disgusted then me! 2009 he comes in and shows one handed catches with guys all over him, and I thought, wow, we finally got a great WR who can be rememberd with the great ones, like Homer Jones!
    But greed and a bad agent made him into what appears to be “all about the money”.
    I saw him tank the last fews games, not being close to making the effort, so he and his business partner can take there show on the road!


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