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New York Giants’ Eli Manning: Obviously, I Don’t Want Hakeem Nicks to Be Traded

October 24th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

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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21 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning: Obviously, I Don’t Want Hakeem Nicks to Be Traded”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I think these trade talks are ridiculous since the Giants still have leverage in regard to Nicks (the ability to franchise him) and therefore should be able to get him to sign at a somewhat reasonable price or trade him after franchising him for more than they’d get right now when his health is still at issue.

    I wonder if the days of David Baas are numbered? He certainly looks like one of the two worst free agent signings of the Reese Era (our current bum at tight end being the other), though in Baas’ case it wasn’t predictable that he would never be healthy so I cannot hold Reese accountable for that decision. I think the only reason Baas might still be back next season is a combination of dead money if he’s cut, the fact that Jim Cordle cannot anchor an O-line as the center, perhaps the second most important position on that line, and the possibility that Reese cannot sign a really good center like Mack as a replacement because the price will be too high. The one thing I would definitely do if I were running things is tell Pugh to work on his skills at center with a coach who just about lives with him this off-season and figure that I might be drafting a stud offensive tackle with my first pick this April. While I’m starting to think the Giants will win enough games to take themselves out of the top 5-6 picks, there should still be an elite tackle there for the taking when their pick comes up. Grab him, and move Beatty to the right side if necessary (and have him gain 15 pounds over this off-season, regardless of where he plays, because he cannot allow himself to be bull-rushed as has been consistently done successfully against him this season).

  2.  JimStoll says:

    trading Nicks would say both that the Giants have given up on the season and they couldn’t re-sign Nicks at season’s end

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    how bout this idea?

    Let’s trade Nicks, Tuck, Wilson, a 2014 2nd round pick and a 2015 5th round pick for Adrian Peterson, Jarad Allen and Cordell Patterson?

    ; )

  4. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    3 games in London next year. I’d like to see how much additional revenue those games bring in opposed to if they are played in the states. Keep football here.

    And is there a way to mute the sound of that game on the top of the page? Super annoying.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    If we could sign Nicks long term for 9 mil a year right now for 9 Mil a year I woudl do it in a heart beat. But I strongly doubt he can be had for that type of money. Jennings who’s older and barely played last year due to injury still got nearly 10 mil a year. Nicks is going to cost regardless if some have questions about him. The question is he worth it given all of our needs. I still think that the best solution is to franchise him for 2014. That allows us to focus on our other weaknesses without committing to Nicks long term. Then we will really know what we have with Randle.

    That AP trade wasn’t even worth an article. I guess it’s one thing we all agree on.

    Bass going to IR is interesting. Do we consider moving Boothe to center and playing Brewer or Mosley with Bass out for the season? Right now none of the interior players playing seem like a long term solution. Cordle seems like a pretty good backup center, not someone you really want to start but is ok if he has to play. Boothe and Diehl are on the last year of their deals and north of 30 so they are not any type of solutions, just simply band aids. We are trying to win games but at the same time we have to know if guys like Brewer and Mosley are part of the solution on the OL going forward.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      The AP article was Doug being Doug.

    •  GIANTT says:

      I think the idea of franchising Nicks next year is a good one . Nicks shouldnt complain much either . To start He will get a decent paycheck and lets say the rest of this year his production is about what it is now , nothing spectacular for whatever reason then the Giants can resign him at a reasonable price long term . If though he starts to play better this year and he is franchised next year , the trade value for him will increase if the Giants feel that they cant or dont want to pay what he can get elsewhere.
      As far as his play so far this year , Im still convinced that its due to a nagging injury that bis enough to slow him up but not enough to put him on IR . I dont have any proof or anything but it seems to me that more often than not when we fans start commenting on a players lack of production , it comes to injuries as a factor more often than not

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    This knockout king music is driving me insane. Is there a way to turn that off?

  7.  rlhjr says:

    I figure Nicks will either stay a Giant of go to Carolina. If he’s to be traded, you have to retain him as the franchise player.
    Because teams know you are trying to move him you will not get the package you are looking for (player or draft pick) trading him now. Franchising him almost guarantees a second round pick in return.

    I am not sure how many more game this team will win. But I don’t think losing this Sunday or to the Raiders is out of the question.

    That being said, if they manage four of five games that will allow for selection of sufficient talent to pull the team out of the quagmire them find themselves in now.

    If Pugh is converted to center (I still think his best position) or not early pick’s must be spent on a tackle, and a guard.

    The very first pick should be a stud DE. Then because some really good players will still be around at the top of round 4, due diligence must be used to find another linebacker to man the strong side.
    Hopefully one of either Mosley or Herman will step up. In that case, the linebacker could be taken in the second or third round. The remainder of draft picks (5-7) should be used on receiver/running backs.

    Diehl, Snee, Tuck, Baas and Myers at a minimum………gotta go, gotta go. Add Rivers to that number if he’s making more than a million per year. I haven’t seen him since the Dallas game.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I’m all for a DE with the first pick. If we don’t land Clowney, Barr is actually said to perhaps be the better of the two . But he might be better suited in a 3-4 as an OLB.

  8.  JimStoll says:

    I think the NFL is rapidly approaching baseball-like salary imbalances where 1, 2, 3 players gobble up something like 30% of your cap room and the other 50 players need to be so poorly paid that you get what you get
    ergo all these teams that can only be good to the extent they happen to amass enough really good players on their rookie contracts because once those pass they have to let good ones go to off-set the overpays

    we have Eli at 16.5; Rolle at 7; Beatty at 4.5 – that’s 28M of a 130M cap – 20+%
    throw in Nicks at 9 and you are up to 37M or 30% on 4 players — that doesn’t count dead money

    how quickly will we see NFL teams attempt to emulate the Tampa Bay Rays model?

  9.  GIANTT says:

    I look at baseball as each team has several hundred players on it from the minor leagues and the major team . So there is a much bigger pool of talent to pick from and the rest can be cultivated at a much cheaper price . In other words a practice squad of several hundred players .
    What about keeping the salary cap where it is and increasing the squad size to say 53 and a 5 man practice squad . This would allow the teams to keep more of the good players to protect against injury and eventually it would force the top salaries down since the lower priced players would have to be played .It would also allow teams to have the bigger reserve against injury with players who are familiar with the system .
    The owners would be happy since its no more salary out of their pockets .
    Most of the players would probably be happy since more players would get paid but this would be balanced against a small number of top players who would not get paid as much .

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