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.
All coming to AZ- Sam Shields, Eugene Monroe, Michael Johnson, Jared Veldheer, Vontae Davis, Jarius Byrd, TJ Ward, Eric Decker, Hakeem Nicks— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 7, 2014
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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