Just prior to the NFL trade deadline in late October, the Internet swirled with rumors of a possible trade between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions involving star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Ultimately, nothing came to fruition and the rumor was eventually put to bed (not without finger pointing, however). Nicks remained with the Giants and the Detroit went about their business as usual.
However, when asked about those rumors on Friday, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't deny that the potential trade was discussed internally or that General Manager Martin Mayhew had been in contact with Giants General Manager Jerry Reese.
“There’s a lot of rumors that are out there all the time,” Schwartz said when asked about the topic. “I think we’ll stick with the not commenting on conversations that we have. We have conversations, and (general manager) Martin (Mayhew) probably has conversations with other GMs on almost a daily basis through training camp and up to the trading deadline. And guys are always talking about other things and things. But I don’t know that that makes news. Some deals get close and some deals don’t get close, some things get floated, but that’s just part of the business.”
There's no real revelation here in terms of GMs discussing all options with other GMs, but that rumor was vehemently denied at the time, with the notion of the talks seemingly laughable to some reporters who seemed to flip-flop on the "news." And once the deadline had come and gone, many were quick to pass the buck on how that rumor got leaked and who carried it.
Regardless of that, Schwartz's refusal to answer the question about the potential trade is enough to raise some eyebrows. After all, if those discussions never really happen and was just a rumor, the appropriate answer would be "No, those conversations were never had. Next question."
At the end of the day, what was and what never happened is irrelevant, but 20/20 hindsight being what it is, you have to wonder if the Giants would have pulled the trigger knowing what they know now. After all, getting anything in return for Nicks would have proven valuable in the event he does not re-sign with the Giants in the offseason, and it certainly doesn't appear that he's going to.
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When asked about an October rumor that had the New York Giants and Detroit Lions talking trade for Hakeem Nicks, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't deny that those discussions were had, but refuses to devulge any additional information.
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