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Carolina Panthers Might Pass on Pursuing New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks

February 21st, 2014 at 10:55 AM
By Doug Rush

Over the last two years, when New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks' free agency was discussed, the first team that just about everyone would point to as a potential landing spot for him was the Carolina Panthers.

On the surface it makes a ton of sense for Nicks to play for the Panthers considering he was born and raised in Charlotte and played his college football at the University of North Carolina, so why not play for the hometown team in Carolina? Seems like such a nice fit, and former Giants executive Dave Gettleman is the team's general manager who pried away Domenik Hixon and Chase Blackburn last offseason, so why not Nicks too? Only it might not be that easy.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News spoke to Gettleman who is currently in Indianapolis for this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine and he didn't sound like he was in the market for a wide receiver and may choose to pass on pursuing Nicks next month in free agency.

"First of all, any wide receiver right now is still under contract," Gettleman said earlier today at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "One of the things I learned a long time ago is often times the answer is on your roster. Nobody ever imagined we'd take (defensive tackle) Nate Chandler, turn him around, make him an offensive guard, and he'd start nine games for us. And we'd be 7-2 in those nine games. When I was with the Giants, none of us came out of camp in 2011 and expected Victor Cruz to have that kind of year. Before you run around and panic, we've had these young kids with us. We signed Marvin McNutt, claimed Tavarres King. We have two kids on our practice squad, Brenton Bersin and De'Andre Presley. So before you panic, look at your roster, trust your evaluation process, a lot of times the answer's right there."

Now, it's only the end of February and by the time March 11 rolls around, Gettleman could have a change of heart and decide that they want to get into the market for the Giants wide receiver, but at the current moment, he sounds content on sticking with what they have on the roster and if they need extra people, thye will simply look to their practice squad.

So for the time being, it might be safe to cross off the Carolina Panthers as an interested team for Nicks. Other teams who could have interest in the 26-year-old are the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers. The Giants right now seem like a long-shot to bring back Nicks, especially if he is looking for more than market value after two consecutive disappointing seasons, and now that Nicks has signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, it may be an even longer shot that Nicks returns to the Giants in 2014.

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6 Responses to “Carolina Panthers Might Pass on Pursuing New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks”

  1.  Krow says:

    We can’t keep Nicks cause he’s too expensive. Ironically someone else will sign him becuse he’s a bargain.

    •  Eric S says:

      We can’t keep Nicks because he wants #1 WR money but hasn’t played like a #1 the last 2 years. His attitude went from quiet professional to pouting malcontent. When healthy and motivated there’s no doubt he’s a top flight WR. But he’s always been banged up and these last 2 years he’s been hurt enough that its seriously curtailed his performance. He seems to be going through the motions in my eyes. Thanks for the memories Hakeem. Really thought you’d be in the Giants pantheon of greats someday. Guess I was wrong. Have fun swindling some other sucker organization.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    well maybe not Carolina . Either theyve talked to the Giants and arent thrilled with what they have heard or they dont want to be accused of meddling if they really have him in their sights .Or its a warning to other teams to make them think twice that Nicks is somehow damaged goods and Carolina knows it .Or Im bored and my meds arent working properly and Im rambling .

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      nah, it’s pretty on point, IMO.

      This is what happens when you dog practice, and don’t give your all during games because you’re afraid of getting hurt which will lower your FA stock. I’m not shocked at all, and at the end of the day, Nicks very well might be damaged goods. But someone will offer him more money than he deserves.

      I think we can still retain Nicks if he’s not happy with the offers out there.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Very interesting. Don’t forget three things: Gettlemen worked for Reese and probably owes his current employment to Reese’s and Mara’s recommendation; Gettlemen’s job was Director of Pro Personnel so he is VERY familiar with Hakeem Nicks and knows way more about his health and mentality than do we or the other GMs around the league; and that mantra about “trusting your evaluation” so looking for help on your own roster is straight from the Accorsi/Reese School of Management.

    Too bad that the Giants’ coaching staff seems NOT to trust the GM’s evaluations. Someday we may learn that Reese has been driven up a wall by the refusal of the coaching staff to give his acquisitions enough early playing time for them to excel. Maybe the coaches are right, maybe not. But the pattern MUST drive Reese nuts.

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