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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