Monday, October 14, 2013
Will Hakeem Nicks be traded?
By Tom Carpenter
A number of NFL teams have players who are set to become unrestricted free agents after this season, and a few of them have reportedly been put on the trading block. The New York Giants are 0-6, and Hakeem Nicks is set to become a UFA at season's end. There haven't been any rumors about the Giants looking to deal him and no reports Nicks is asking to be traded, but there reportedly are teams that would be interested if they do put him on the block.
"General managers want to hear for themselves just how amenable to a trade Giants GM Jerry Reese might be. Several GMs contacted believed the Giants could get at least a third-round pick for Nicks, even if he is just a late-season 'rental' who then hits the open market in March," wrote CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. "Among the teams holding internal discussions about him, according to club sources, were the 49ers and Falcons ... New England and Baltimore are also contending teams in need of an upgrade at receiver, and the market for Nicks would be robust, sources believe, if the Giants express a willingness to listen to offers."
As unlikely as it may seem for the Giants to deal Nicks away, where might he land if they do opt to trade the wideout? Let's take a quick look at some potential landing spots:
- Atlanta Falcons: La Canfora noted the Falcons as being interested. The truth is that with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White continually dinged up, the Falcons should be interested in any good receiver who is actually available, if they really believe they can turn things around. And Nicks, even as a rental, would be a good fill-in.
- San Francisco 49ers: They have been rumored to be interested in a number of pass-catchers, but it appears to be more in the vein of due diligence, in case the right deal appears. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham getting closer to game action, they are far more likely to stick with what they have for now.
- Detroit Lions: I think this may be the most likely landing spot. Nicks would love being in their pass-happy offense, and he'd give them a serious No. 2 weapon across from Calvin Johnson. There might even be a realistic shot at inking him long-term during the offseason.