NFL free agency: Hakeem Nicks wants long-term deal


(Ricky Carioti / Washington Post)

Hakeem Nicks will become a free agent on Tuesday and the New York Giants’ wide receiver is moving forward with a specific set of goals in mind.

He wants a long-term contract, says he can be the “missing link” for a team ready to step up into the top tier in the NFL and has a list of quarterbacks he thinks he’d mesh well with.

“Ideally this is what I want,” Nicks told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Sunday. “I want to go to a team where I’m the missing link. There are a number of teams that I have my eye on once I hit the market.”

Specifically, likes the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers.

“I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis, I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck,” Nicks said. “I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers.”

Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and zero touchdowns in 15 games last season, his fifth with the Giants. Although he was hampered by foot and knee injuries, Dr. James Andrews has cleared him to play and he’s rated the fifth wide receiver available in free agency by CBS Sports.com. Earlier, he’d said that he’d take a one-year deal, but he walked that back Sunday.

“Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them,” he said. “I just want to make it clear that I want a long-term deal and I want to be happy. I’m excited about talking to teams and making it work.”

Free agency begins at 4 p.m. EDT.

 

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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