With wide receiver Hakeem Nicks still under his rookie contract and signed through the 2013 season, re-signing him is not yet a top priority for the New York Giants. However, as time continues to tick away, his contract situation will become more pressing…especially since he's sure to command a lot of attention should he ever hit the free agent market.
Although Nicks is 100% committed to the Giants right now, he doesn't rule out the possibility of playing for other teams (who would?), namely the Carolina Panthers, should his contract is allowed to expire.
"You never know what the future holds," Nicks said on WFNZ in Charlotte. "Right now I am a New York Giant and it's going to be like that for the next two seasons and I really can't speak out on that."
Nicks was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and played college football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, so it's no real surprise that he'd consider "going home" should the opportunity present itself. That said, it's clear he's not thinking too far ahead and remains focused on bettering himself and helping the Giants repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
"I don't feel like I am too far [off from being an elite receiver]. [Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald] got some years on me. It comes with respect. The way I play and statistically I feel like I can compete on a level like that.," he said.
Ahhh. Offseason chatter. It's fun, isn't it?
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