This coming Monday's NFL Trade deadline at 4 p.m. has been one of the more anticipated in recent time; especially since the deadline this year was moved from Week 6 to Week 8, giving teams the extra two weeks of time to make a potential deal.
The one guy who has been involved as the main target in a number of these rumors is New York Giants star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, although in his last game on the field, he was hardly that guy that teams would want to deal for, as he only caught two passes for 28 yards and dropped several on the field; some of which could have been touchdown catches and made the 23-7 Giants victory over the Minnesota Vikings a total blowout.
The origin of these trade rumors going was around two weeks ago following the Giants tough Thursday night loss to the Chicago Bears and at least four teams might get involved for Nicks.
Currently, the 1-6 Giants have a decision to make over the next four days with regards to dealing Nicks or hanging onto him at the deadline although most reports have him staying with the Giants since the team has no interest in trading him nor will they listen to offers. If Nicks' quarterback and teammate has anything to do with these trade rumors or proposals, they will all be shot down immediately and he will stay with the team.
This week, Eli Manning spoke on WFAN to address the rumors of Nicks being or not being on the trade block and told everyone listening that he wants his number one wide receiver to be a member of the team for a very long time.
“Obviously, I don’t want Hakeem to go,” Manning said today on WFAN Radio. “He’s been a big part of our success over the years, been a big part of our offense. A great friend of mine and a heckuva player. I don’t know what the Giants plan is, I don’t know what’s out there and what’s going on, but as far as I know he’s on this team and we need him to be on this team.”
Through the first seven games of the season, the 25-year-old Nicks has 27 catches for 470 yards, although no touchdown catches. Nicks is a pending free agent hoping to cash in on a huge free agent deal, maybe similar to the one Mike Wallace got with the Miami Dolphins where it was $12 million per season and $30 million guaranteed. In the past, Giants management has viewed Nicks as a priority to re-sign and keep for a long time, but they have also been hesitant to hand over a long-term deal to him if he couldn't stay healthy, which he has been for the most part this season.
Once Monday's trade deadline passes and with Nicks (hopefully) still on the team, the trade talk will simply go away and fans can find other topics to discuss; such as Nicks potentially re-signing after the season or the team salvaging the remainder of the season in a very lackluster NFC East division.
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