The New York Giants decided not to make a trade at the deadline this past Tuesday. There was a lot of talk around Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and the Giants decided to keep the soon to be free agent wide receiver. The Giants General Manager Jerry Reese is still confident that the Giants are still in the playoff hunt. The fact that the Giants GM did not make any moves this deadline means they are in it for the long haul.
The Giants could be missing out on getting a needed draft pick that could be used to get young players on the team. The Giants let Osi Umenyiora go to free agency and did not try to get something in return for him. With Nicks the upside is that he is only 25 years old and very talented. He has not had a great season, but he definitely is not having a bad season either. He is playing for a contract after this season, and whether its with the Giants, or not, he wants to get paid.
By keeping Hakeem Nicks the Giants believe that the can still make the playoffs, and that having him in the offense is necessary. This feeling that the Giants have is due to the fact they won their last two games, and are only two games behind Dallas for first place in the NFC East. The NFC East division this year has been horrible, and Dallas keeps squandering opportunities to lock the division up.
The Giants are know for making streaks when their backs are against the wall, but a streak to get them into the playoffs is highly unlikely. Last year the Washington Redskins came for (3-6) to win the division, but the Giants have the deck stacked against them. If they win the next two games before playing Dallas at home, then it might be time to rethink the Giants chances.
At the end of the season whether they make the playoffs, or not, the Giants will regret not trading Nicks if he walks. The Giants could of got a third round pick of Nicks, and with that they could draft a receiver to be the number three receiver. Not trading Nicks might be the biggest mistake the Giants make this season, if they don’t resign him.