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Darnell Dockett Claims Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, Other Free Agents Will Join Arizona Cardinals

March 7th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Doug Rush

In 2013, one of the bigger surprise teams to make a major impact in the NFC was the Arizona Cardinals, who went from a 5-11 record in 2012 and improved to 10-6 and fell one game short of making the playoffs.

With a top ranked defense, an innovative head coach in Bruce Arians and one of the best wide receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals window to be an NFC contender is now, so it would make sense for them to potentially be in the market to add quality players in free agency next week.

If it were up to the Cardinals star defensive end Darnell Dockett and if he were stalled with general manager powers, he would be signing a gigantic crop of free agents, one of which would be New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, which he made clear on his Twitter account on Friday afternoon.

Also on Dockett's list of players he wants is Sam Shields from the Packers, Eugene Monroe from the Ravens, Michael Johnson from the Bengals, TJ Ward from the Browns, Vontae Davis of the Colts, Jairus Byrd from the Bills and Eric Decker from the Broncos, all of which would cost any general manager a fortune to sign. Currently, the Cardinals have about $17.65 million in cap space right now that they can spend.

Adding Nicks though to the Cardinals receiving group would make sense though, as they could pair Nicks with Fitzgerald and give Carson Palmer perhaps one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFC if Nicks ever played like he did a few years ago and give Fitzgerald the kind of receiver he once played with when Anquan Boldin was with the team and they helped the Cardinals get to Super Bowl XLIII back in the 2008 season.

After two straight 1,000-plus yard seasons with the Giants in 2010 and 2011, Nicks has had two straight disappointing seasons in New York; 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 and 56 catches for 898 yards and no touchdowns last season and at the end of the season, his future with the team was in serious doubt, but that doubt turned to reality when a report came down last month that said there was a zero chance that Nicks would come back to the Giants in 2014.

A team like the Cardinals could end up being a solid landing spot for Nicks and help re-establish himself as a top receiver that he once was in the league, especially if he got to play along side Fitzgerald and played in Arians kind of offense. This would be the first time that Nicks would be linked to the Cardinals, as teams like the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots have been discussed as potential landing spots for the former Giants wide receiver.

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10 Responses to “Darnell Dockett Claims Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, Other Free Agents Will Join Arizona Cardinals”

  1.  Begiant says:

    What do you think Hakeem Nicks will receive on the open market.

    Bolden got 2yr 12 mil and Cooper got about 5 mil per year

    If Hakeem Nicks is only offered around 7-8 mil per year, then I might have Reese grab Cruz and Couglin and lock Nicks in a room until he signs our contract.

    If you told me in 2011 that we could keep both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz for 7.5 mil a year each, I would have hired you as GM on the spot.

    Although this is just wishful thinking. Nicks is probably gone. Hopefully he makes a lot of money and does great so we get a good comp pick.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      i think the real problem is that he doesn’t want to be here anymore. And the staff doesn’t want him around anymore either.

      FF55 posted a few weeks (months?) ago about how he’d love to know what happened btwn the Giants and Nicks. And so would about every single Giants in the world.

      As far as what he’s going to get, well, that’s a real question mark. Some team will pay him, but question is, will he return to his old self, or continue as he had the past two seasons. We will see.

  2.  kujo says:

    kujo says:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM
    FF55,

    We fundamentally agree about Baas–he’s not likely to be cut, and he’s not likely to be a big contributor in 2014.

    But the issue I have is about how you assess his current value to this team. You can say “it’s not about the past” all you want, but that’s mularky! Any decision maker will tell you that you interpret the present and base your predictions of the future based, in part, upon your assessments and lessons learned from the past. In that case, it’s neither inappropriate or unrealistic to expect Baas to be a virtual no-show in 2014. Why? Because he’s been a no-show–either in fact or production– for most of his career here. Could he miraculously snap out of this funk? Of course. But hedging your bets AGAINST a trend–particularly that of the health of an oft-unhealthy interior lineman on the other side of 30–is foolhardy.

    Now, as for your prescription of how to ameliorate this issue, we are in agreement–locate either your left guard, center and/or right tackle of the future, via some combination of the draft and free agency; shift Pugh to whichever position you don’t fill and prepare for Snee’s departure with either Mosley or Brewer. Now, should Beatty continue this downward spiral, that would throw another hanging chad into the mix.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      You’re right it’s not inappropriate or unrealistic that Bass will be a no show in 2014 but it’s still far from a given. The truth is we don’t know and really the medical staff might be the key in if Bass and Snee return. Tuck had a bounce back year above 30 last year. Bass and Snee are OL players so I think them returning to some reasonable form of what they use to be is more likely than other positions at their age. for the same money we spend on them we would just be bringing in JAG type players so in my view it’s a good idea to see what they have if healthy. That way we can also build the OL through the draft. I realize that we are not going to start just a whole group of first year starters. But if we can break in 1-2 this year and then another 1-2 next year we have a young cheap OL that’s talented. It doesn’t always work see the Steelers but I think it’s the right way for us to go.

  3.  Eric S says:

    The Hakeem Nicks we’ve seen the last 2 years isn’t worth spit. He’s been injury prone his entire career except the last 2 years the injuries ave been serious enough to greatly diminish his play. He no longer separates consistently. He’s not as strong fighting for the ball in the air either from injuries, disinterest or both. He’s missed meetings and treatments, not a good sign in a contract year. What’ll happen when he gets paid? I question his fire and commitment to the game at this point. He’s already made millions and won a SB. He knows some sucker will pay him big money so why lay it on the line? He just mailed it in.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      i hear ya.

      I’ve heard about several occasions that he dogged practice and TC couldn’t take it anymore.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I try not to be critical on these type of pieces but Nicks to Arizona makes zero sense IMO. Michael Floyd was a first round pick just 2 years ago showed plenty of good signs last year.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      yeah, And Andre Roberts ain’t bad either.

      Send him to Buffalo. He’ll Still be in NY, they’re building a team there and They have some money to spend.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Its only a piece because of what Dockett said. Otherwise I don’t think any of us including the writers would have thought Arizona as a destination.

      My guess is Nicks lands at either the Panthers, Jets, Buffalo, Giants (yes I still think there is a slim chance he is back), Redskins, Saints (not too sure about their cap space), and possibly a few other teams. I think he is going to have a decent market just not sure how much teams will pay him

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