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Victor Cruz Pushing for Hakeem Nicks to Re-Sign with New York Giants

February 13th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Following season-ending exit meetings, it was revealed that New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had been fined multiple times by the team, including fines for being late to team meetings and missing treatment sessions. Ultimately, because of the aforementioned fines and injuries, coupled with his drop-off in production, it is unlikely he'll be re-signed this offseason.

But despite all of that, fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz continues to make a push for his return. And on Wednesday night during a charity event in New Jersey, Cruz even admitted to reaching out to Nicks and attempting to lobby for his return.

"I have (asked him to stay)," Cruz said on Wednesday. "Selfishly, I would love for him to stay."

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.

Stability did not come however, and instead the Giants went with a complete and total offensive coaching staff overhaul. But whether or not they would have remained in contact with Nicks had nothing changed is up for debate, as head coach Tom Coughlin has expressed open frustration with No. 88.

"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. “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."

With Nicks likely looking for a big dollar contract, and the franchise tag for a wide receiver expected to be around $10 million, it's unlikely that any level of lobbying by Victor Cruz will alter the eventual outcome here. Fact is, unless something unforeseen happens between now and the start of free agency, Nicks' day with the New York Giants are all but over.

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12 Responses to “Victor Cruz Pushing for Hakeem Nicks to Re-Sign with New York Giants”

  1.  TuckThis says:

    Everyone in the metro area, stay safe and warm.
    The more this winter progresses, the luckier the SB committee looks!

    Victor save your breath. Nicks is not coming back. He’s had 1 great season and then lots of injuries. I’m sick of athletes getting paid for what they’ve done already.

    Sorry, I’m grumpy. This snow is making me nuts!

  2.  BillyS says:

    I love Nicks’ potential, but his lack of effort, missing team meetings, doctor checkups, and overall lazy attitude he had last season really rubbed me the wrong way. I was a huge fan when we drafted him, but the guy just doesn’t seem to “get. He seemed to get it when he was a rookie, but he evolved into a much more greedy and selfish player. The Giants invested a lot in him and, even with the injuries, he was in line for a big pay day if he had just kept quiet and done what they asked of him. All he had to do was go to meetings, do his rehabilitation visits, and give a little effort. He just seemed like he was more concerned about money without realizing that by skipping all of those things he was literally bleeding money. Some team out there will sign him to multiple years, but it won’t be anywhere close to the $10 mil he was hoping for. He cost himself a lot of money with his attitude.

  3.  jerseyrich says:

    If Victor had a clue as to what a salary cap was he’d say “of course id want Nicks back, but with all the holes we have, how limited our cap space is, and what Nicks is going to be looking for….its not going to happen”.

  4.  jerseyrich says:

    Different subject, but i’d love to know why Snee hasn’t been cut yet. The single most important part of the ENTIRE Giants upcoming season is getting rid of Snee….and the Giants have yet to address it.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      If he’s cut and doesn’t retire, it won’t be until post-June 1st so the team could save a little extra.

      •  jerseyrich says:

        I didn’t think there was a difference in savings with him no matter when they cut him. I know some guys have june 1st designations (whose extra savings don’t help during free agency) but I didn’t think he had one.

  5.  JBeast3 says:

    I would love to have Nicks back but def not for 10 mil per. The most i would offer Nicks is 7-8 mil per i think he is still a big time talent if healthy. I think he will be healthy for next season and he will have a dominant season if the OL is fixed.

    According o rotoworld the giants won’t resign Nicks and will look to add a dominant outside wr, i highly doubt that the giants will sign a high priced FA WR this offseason unless its Nicks.

    •  BillyS says:

      I wouldn’t even give him 7-8 mil. He is NOT worth that until he proves he can stay healthy and stay motivated. He lost his motivation in a freaking contract year…that is a huge red flag there. Most guys have a career year in their walk year and Nicks was the opposite. I understand there was the injury bug he was battling, but he didn’t do anything to deal with that (rehab appointments). He brought this on himself and right now I think $5 mil a year is the most he could/should get, and even that is generous.

      And I am still baffled as to why Snee hasn’t been cut. It’s a complete joke and a slap in the face to EVERY member on the roster right now. It screams favoritism.

  6.  Krow says:

    Every player has no choice but to say this about his fellow players. It’s not their money anyway. And for them the cap is a rumor.

  7.  James Stoll says:

    Maybe Nicks just got so fed up playing for Coughlin and the Genius that it killed his incentive, even in a contract year

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