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New England Patriots Could Be Potential Landing Spot for New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks

February 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Four months ago at the NFL trade deadline, there was a lot of speculation and rumors about the possibility of the New York Giants dealing away disappointing wide receiver Hakeem Nicks — especially when the team was at 0-6 and looking like their season was a lost one. Ultimately, the Giants decided to hang onto Nicks for the second half of the season and attempted to make a playoff run with him in the offense.

Before the team made their attempt to get back in the thick of the playoff race, there were several teams linked to having interest in Nicks with the New England Patriots being one of them. Now that Nicks is a free agent and likely going to land elsewhere in 2014, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald alluded to how the team could make a run at Nicks in free agency if they aren't able to bring back Julian Edelman.

"However, the Patriots have more immediate needs to fill in the early rounds, especially on the defensive line and at tight end. Unless Evans or Benjamin falls, it might be counterproductive to add another youngster to the mix, as it would actually put Thompkins and Boyce on the roster bubble. That puts the Pats in play for a free agent, and last year’s upper-echelon group (Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings) earned between $9 million and $12 million in average annual value, and that might be Eric Decker this offseason. After Decker, the biggest names are Jeremy Maclin and Hakeem Nicks, but their value will be determined by their medical checks."

With Wes Welker departing to the Denver Broncos in free agency, Edelman ended up taking over Welker's role in the Patriots offense and became a favorite for Tom Brady and broke out in 2013 with a 105 catch, 1,056 yard and six touchdown season; one that could score him a nice payday on the open market and maybe even out of the Patriots price range; some have said the Houston Texans could be a landing spot for Edelman considering former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is now Houston's head coach and Edelman could find familiarity in the offense and team under O'Brien.

Edelman's status to the Patriots has been stressed by a lot of people in the New England area especially because Danny Amendola never lived up to the hype that came with him when he signed as a free agent and was looked at to be the Patriots number one receiver, but instead, put up more number two receiver numbers with 54 catches for 633 yards and two touchdowns; thus why people up in Boston are high on Edelman coming back. But if not, Nicks could be someone the Patriots end up targeting in free agency, that is if he is still available.

In 2013, Nicks had a very disappointing year in his contract season as he had 56 catches for 898 yards and no touchdowns and while Victor Cruz has been lobbying for the team to re-sign his friend and teammate, many around the league and team think that due to the disappointment over the last two seasons, Nicks' departure after five seasons is likely to happen and if the Patriots are unsuccessful in bringing back their new emerging target, they could end up buying low on Nicks and hope that he rekindles his talents playing alongside another top quarterback in Brady.

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11 Responses to “New England Patriots Could Be Potential Landing Spot for New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, I have a lot of comments this morning.

    Let me start with a position that will be seen as entirely uncivilized. I’ve read the investigation of the Dolphins. And my conclusion is that a lawyer and a lot of other people who have probably never been inside a locker room at the highest ends of competition in football, lacrosse, or any other really “tough” sport are trying to impose a standard of behavior that is simply unrealistic in what I have always called Jock World. If you want men who will compete in what is, let’s admit it, a gladiatorial sport, then you have to take the baggage that they bring along. These are not all going to be well-adjusted young men. They are not all going to be gentlemen who care about political correctness. They are going to be fueled, in part, by rage. They are going to have a genetic structure that puts them at the far end of aggressiveness in the human race. And they are going to have their fair share of bullies and borderline psychopaths. You might want to pretend otherwise. You’d just be fooling yourselves.

    So yeah, let’s try some sensitivity training and let’s try to induce the team leaders to work to stop allowing some players on their team to be isolated and picked out as the runt of the litter. But if you want to make the NFL locker rooms and practice fields into the equivalent of a fully civilized society you’re barking up the wrong tree, and to some extent, you’re a hypocrite if you love the game but want to turn all of these guys into the most sensitive, sterling, admirable members of society. There are plenty of those types in the NFL, but the others are critical to the game we all love and they’re either going to still be around or the game will suffer.

    Deny it if you like. Call me a Troglodyte if you like. But that’s the truth, and the Steve Ross’ response to the report are at least a little ridiculous.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Second, in what universe are the Mt. Rushmore of Giants the four noted. Where is Emlen Tunnel? Frank Gifford? Andy Robustelli? George Young? Rosey Brown? Rosey Grier? Dick Lynch? Charlie Conerly?

    LT and Michael Strahan are there for sure. But Eli has to win another title to surpass Charlie Conerly. Parcells? I cannot see him up there at the cost of Em Tunnel, who may be the greatest defensive back to ever play in the NFL.

    That list was created by someone with no sense of history.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    And finally, here we have a few articles mentioning why other teams may be interested in Hakeem Nicks if he’s healthy and how they may be able to get him on a team-friendly 2-3 year deal so he could get another contract after that. So tell me again why everyone thinks it’s a good idea to cut this guy loose. Tell me why Jerry Reese shouldn’t be thinking the same way? Tell me why people insist that the putrid play of Linval Joseph in 2012 was an anomaly and driven by the players around him, should be forgotten, and that he needs to be re-signed but the play of Nicks when hurt and when Eli had no time to throw cannot be forgiven and he should definitely not be re-signed.

    Tell me why the guy who when he was healthy and the team wasn’t dysfunctional was potentially the best wide receiver in the history of the franchise, who is 25 years old, and who only wants to get paid, should be dumped because Tom Coughlin didn’t like his attitude (but DID like the offense that the Owner had to finally demand be deep-six’ed years after it should have been done).

    Tell me why we shouldn’t sign Nicks so we don’t have to think about a wide receiver in this draft and can really focus on rebuilding a putrid offensive line, finding a tight end, and getting a linebacker and a corner along the way.

    I’ll just end by saying this: If I were Reese, I’d sign Beason, Nicks, both Browns and McBride. I’d let Joseph and Tuck walk. I’d force Snee into retirement by making sure the medical staff didn’t clear him to play. I would NOT sign Findley. I’d take a run at Mack unless I absolutely know that Baas is completely healthy, in which case I’d plan on moving Pugh to center next season or draft a center in the middle rounds of this draft to groom for next year.

    There, I’ve said it: Sign Hakeem Nicks. Or live to regret not having done so.

    •  Dirt says:

      Makes all the sense in the world

    •  Krow says:

      I was minutes from posting the same logical enigma too. We won’t sign Nicks because he’s too expensive … yet several other teams will sign him because he’s such a bargain. X and not X.

      •  jb322 says:

        Great post FF55. I would also add that there are always two sides to a story. The fact that Gilbride Jr is no longer wide receiver coach tells you that there was an issue there. The fact that they moved the prior wide receiver coach back to this position hopefully means that they are looking to bring Nicks back. Where there’s smoke there is fire and that fire had to do with Nicks and junior. I mean when you think about it, why would a player like Nicks all of a sudden get an attitude? He went to Eli’s camp but wouldn’t go to OTA’s? There had to be something besides the contract issue that was eating at him.

        The fact that junior is now our TE coach is what scares me the most about drafting a tight end. What the hell does this kid know about tight ends or wide receivers?

        The only other thing I would add is that signing Joesph should be a priority too. Jenkins, Patterson, Hankins and Kuhn are not going to cut it. Joseph is the best of the bunch you have to bring him back.

  4.  nick86 says:

    I have a hard time shelling out money to a guy who can’t even get motivated to perform in a contract year. whats he going to do once he gets paid?

  5.  James Stoll says:

    Nicks is gone if he wants to be gone, not because he can’t play
    If I’m nicks I can get the same or better dollars elsewhere than the giants and possibly play for a team that will compete for a title in the near future
    The giants are in for a major rebuild which will be impossible to really complete until at least Coughlin is fired and possibly JR
    We have seen what they offer and it is mediocrity at its best, tinged with sporadic luck at the highest level
    The team has so many holes and so many structural impediments that there is a good chance it will be 2018 before we see a winning season again
    By then Eli will be retired or released
    So for Nicks, the time to get out is now
    New England makes all the sense in the world.
    Tom has 2 or 3 years left in him.
    Nicks would be a 120 a year reception receiver with him
    The team is forever 12-4 or better and annually competes for a shot at the Supe
    Hard to say no

  6.  James Stoll says:

    As for the Dolphins and the Report, FF has it largely right
    You can’t expect a bunch of guys who make a living proving who has the biggest swinging d!ck from acting like guys who care only about who has the biggest swinging d!ck
    That said, there is a pretty good op-ed in today’s NY Times on the topic

  7.  James Stoll says:

    As for the Mount Rushmore of Giants, it all depends on your era
    I’d put Phil Simms above Eli
    I’d put Doug Kotar in because of he played purely with heart before succumbing to brain cancer
    And then of course there is Tiki

  8.  Krow says:

    As for Rushmore … some years back they had a poll in the UK. Lady Di was considered more of an impact on UK history than Winston Churchill and Isaac Newton .. out of sight; out of mind.

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