Posted October 14, 2013

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks reportedly drawing trade interest from multiple teams

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The 49ers and Falcons have reportedly discussed trading for receiver Hakeem Nicks. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the New York Giants winless in the season’s first six weeks, several teams are exploring the possibility of trading for Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks before the Oct. 29 trade deadline, CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora is reporting.

The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons — who are playing without injured receivers Michael Crabtree and Julio Jones, respectively — have held internal discussions about Nicks, according to the report, while the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are also expected to seek an upgrade at receiver.

Sources told CBS Sports that the market for Nicks, who posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and ’11 and has 442 yards this year, would be “robust” if the Giants choose to make him available, despite the fact that he will be a free agent after the season.

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From the report:

Several GMs contacted believed the Giants could get at least a third-round pick for Nicks, even if he is just a late-season “rental” who then hits the open market in March.

Nicks, 25, could end up being the highest-paid player in what looks to be a pedestrian free-agent class (tight end Jimmy Graham, for instance, is going to be franchised by the Saints if he isn’t extended), and a team acquiring the star receiver at the trade deadline would only owe him about $1.4M for the remainder of the season based on his $2.7M salary).

Nicks, a “big fan of Eli Manning,” would likely still be open to signing with the Giants even after he is traded, according to the report.

There is no ill will or hard feelings between the sides, sources said. It’s just the contrary, and Nicks has never blanched or complained about not getting an extension from the team.

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16 comments
bravesfanmt1
bravesfanmt1

Nicks CAN be a star receiver - if he can get consistent QB play AND stay healthy else he's just a contributor.

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

If he signs a big deal in the off season, to go elsewhere, the Giants will a compensatory pick after the 3rd round, no?  So they need to get better than a #3 to move him. 


Kenny Britt more likely to be moved by the deadline, because he might not get a deal big enough to warrant compensation.

John4
John4

A note to jojomogir - why trade Nicks?  Isn't he the best WR on the Giants?  Help me understand, guy who knows so much.  

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

No one is giving up a #3 for a rental.  Are you delusional?

Well, perhaps if the two month rental were JJ Watt....

Nicks?  They'd be lucky to get a #5.

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

Are the Giants sill in the NFL?    

rick259g
rick259g

As a Giants fan, I would trade him only if I could get a second round pick..would focus on the Falcons, not 49ers, since they should be deep into the playoffs vs. Falcons.

PaulSharpe
PaulSharpe

Sorry, But NO ONE thinks Nicks is a star receiver...  LMAO

gary41
gary41

The Niner's are thinking short term, but they must either draft better or develop better, because they certainly have looked at a lot of bodies this year.....

46zone
46zone

@John4 They have Victor Cruz, and Rueben Randle has been emerging as a pretty good receiver. They obviously are going nowhere this year, so why not try and get a third round pick for a guy you could possibly get nothing for if he leaves as a free agent?

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

@DavidHarte #3 would be fine for a 1000 yard receiver if you offered him a new contract. I bet he would sign it in a jiffy.

John4
John4

@PaulSharpe Paul - some guy on here who goes by the name of jojomogir thinks that Nicks is the best WR on the Giants.  

JimLabruno
JimLabruno

@PaulSharpe  Are you nuts? Nicks is a STAR receiver, Not sure what league you been watching

riley8
riley8

@PaulSharpe I think he has star potential.  With a QB like Matt Ryan he could put up big numbers.  There goes your NO ONE argument.