New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was in no mood to talk about the past while appearing on Mike & Mike this morning, but what about the future? After missing organized team activities (OTAs) and the initial team physical, speculation has arisen that the former UNC wideout may be posturing for a large, long-term deal. And despite his insistence that negotiations are left for his agent to handle and that he’s fully focused on football, Nicks was a bit noncommittal about his willingness to give up money to remain with Big Blue.
“Well, you know, my main focus is just getting into this season right now and being healthy and contribute to the team the best way possible,” Nicks said during his brief interview on Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio. “I love the Giants organization and I’m very happy to be a Giant.”
A very typical PR-friendly answer that is often given by members of the Giants, but an obvious skirt-around from the question: “Do you want to stay a Giant long-term and would you sacrifice dollars to stay?”
Something? Nothing? It’s hard to tell with the often quiet and laid back Nicks, but after skipping OTAs, his silence is beginning to speak volumes.
Given the Giants’ current cap issues and ongoing negotiations with Victor Cruz, one has to look back on some of Nicks’ previous comments on playing for the Carolina Panthers and his ties to North Carolina. What seemed minimal and irrelevant at the time are now beginning to come into play as his rookie contract is set to expire following the 2013 season.
“You never know what the future holds,” Nicks said of playing for the Panthers in April of 2012.
If the Giants do not lock Nicks up long-term prior to the start of free agency next year, there is a very legitimate chance this will be his final season in blue.
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