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Note to Redskins: Buyer beware on Giants’ WR Nicks

Jan 19, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT


Many Redskins fans have their eye on Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks as a possible big-play addition to their team’s offense. But according to a report, it appears that Nicks is in the “buyer beware” category of free agents.

Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Network that Nicks is not expected to return to the Giants. The team that drafted Nicks in the first round in 2009 will let him walk for two reasons.

First, he has battled injury and ineffectiveness over the past two seasons. In 2012 he had nagging foot and knee injuries all year that caused him to miss three games. After gaining over 2,200 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns combined in 2010-2011 he has fallen off to a little over 1,500 yards and three TD’s.

Perhaps more disturbing is Rapoport’s report that during the 2013 Nicks has been fined repeatedly for being late to meetings and for missing injury treatment sessions. The fines for these transgressions amounted to “thousands” of dollars per incident.

Nicks has talent, no question about it. But the Redskins or any team that might be considering signing him needs to consider that if he acts like this in a contract year, how will he behave when he has millions of guaranteed dollars?

  1. gholmesbm - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I think we need to add a WR in free agency – not Nicks though

    I would stay away from Nicks – he is likely to attract major $, and with his issues we would be better off with Hankerson who is a similar style and cheaper. If Hank develops he is the better option. If not, then at least we didnt spend big dollars and can find another option.


    • joela925 - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Give me Nicks !!!…Until this year there was no news leaked about him being a player with issues. He has always been a prime time receiver and yes this was an off year but still almost 1000 yards ..Yeah 0 tds and a whopping 5 dropped passes nowhere near the league leaders in dropped passes..but Eli was off this year also and that is huge….38 catches for 1st downs and avg 16 yards per catch. If he comes back in 2014 with something to prove and RGIII comes back with something to prove …motivation like this could fuel the team. Nicks always gives the Cowboys and Eagles trouble and you know he would love to stick it to the Giants!!!! I can see Garçon,Nicks, Reed, as a core Robinson and Hankerson in the mix …if you want to add to that mix in the draft you have a chance to add a Jordan Matthews or deanthony Thomas there would not be enough balls to go around to get your money’s worth but you talk about weapons for RGIII!!! Teams will be lining up and will not be scared off by a subpar year by this NY Giant player…Lets do our homework before we pass on this opportunity….bring him in..interview him…make sure he is healthy and if it all checks out then work something out to make him want to come to DC… He is only 26 …

  2. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    No way do I want Nicks!! I want Decker!! HTTR

    • kenlinkins - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      100% agree on Nicks! No way do I want the Redskins to sign him (well, unless we get him on a year $400K deal with no signing bonus).

      • aprilwalker2013 - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Makes me nervous!! Seems just like a player the Skins would go after! Maybe they gonna change their ways??

  3. nomaan78 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I want Kelvin Benjamin in the draft if he falls to the 2nd. But I would be happy with Allen Robinson. I want the Redskins to get Darrius Heyward Bey for his speed and thnk he woul excel as a slot WR and a deep threat for RG3.

  4. Clinton - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    DHB??? That guy can’t catch a cold and there are plenty of faster receivers. Decker isn’t a bad option, but I don’t think he’d leave Denver. I do like Jacoby Ford as a speedy flex option.

  5. dcsportsfan2277 - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Stay as far away as possible on Hicks! A head case for sure and a player who cannot show up on time is a cancer!

    Would love Decker but at what cost? Edelman is small but would be a great slot receiver. Boldan? Sanders would provide stretch but is he any better than ARob? Couple of good WR’s in the draft but not sure they will be there when it is our turn. Also, first picks almost HAVE to be OL soooo it looks like FA for WR’s! Archives

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