If you are a Tar Heel and a fan of the Giants, the 2013 football season has been a disappointment thus far. UNC Football is right now 1-4, while the New York franchise has yet to win a game.
Of course on the team is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has a total of 442 yards this year, placing him 18th overall, but as yet to score a touchdown for the G-Men. And he too might not be having the season he was expecting, but for a different reason.
The fifth year pro seems to be getting some interest from other franchises around the National Football League, “sources” around the league say. This may be risky, considering Nicks is in the last year of his contract and the team getting him may not have him for long.
From an article on Sport Illustrated, three teams are mentioned… San Francisco, New England and Baltimore. The Patriots are looking like best place for Nicks to land this season, but New England will probably be the least likely to get the wideout, as they do not go after big contracts. Meanwhile the 49ers are the best bet for landing a contract after the season and being on a team that could get to the Super Bowl.
On ESPN NY there is an blog which talks about what Nicks said when asked about such rumors…
“I’m a Giant, and that’s the only thing I can focus on right now,” Nicks said after practice Monday morning. “I’m a Giant, and I love playing for the Giants. I’m a Giant right now, and I’m going to stand strong on that.”
On the other hand, with a contract that is done this season, with second-year man Reuben Randle (333 yards on the season) getting pretty much the same amount of passes thrown to him (43) as Nicks (46), could the writing be on the wall, if not on paper yet?
Some could say that trading a key player might not be good, especially when the team is already spiraling downward like the Giants are. The Cleveland Browns, who traded running back Trent Richardson, might tend to disagree with that. Others might say that why keep a player that can get you something right now, when next year you would get nothing for him as you part ways.
It is evident that Nicks is not in the best position right now. The Giants made their view known on which wide out they were going to put their money on when they signed Victor Cruz to his deal. The franchise seems to have a plan B to the former UNC Football star, in Randle, if they believe the 25 year old wants too much when negotiating in the offseason. Meaning that if not during this season, most likely at the end of it, the wide out and the franchise will likely part ways.
If that is to be the case why not, if the chance arises, go to a team that this year could make it to the final game, which ironically would be in the stadium that the Giants call home. For information about current and past UNC Football players make sure to check back often on ISPORTSWEB.