Hakeem Nicks, Colts turn out to be a good fit


Hakeem Nicks will face the Redskins this season, but he’ll be in a Colts uniform. (Ricky Carioti / Washington Post)

As the first weekend of NFL free agency approached, Hakeem Nicks found a home, signing a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Over the course of the first week, teams handed out over $1 billion in contracts, but Nicks didn’t get one of the big, guaranteed deals. Instead, the former New York Giants wide receiver will get the chance to prove himself with Andrew Luck as his quarterback. Nicks, a third target for Luck along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, was also talking to the Carolina Panthers and was considering the San Diego Chargers. The Colts, though, were a better fit. For one thing, there are familiar faces in Coach Chuck Pagano and wide receivers coach Charlie Williams, both of whom were at North Carolina when Nicks was in college there. And Ahmad Bradshaw, a teammate on the Giants, will return to Indy on a one-year deal.

“I didn’t really like [any] of the situations, and I didn’t want to get myself in a long-term situation that I didn’t like,” Nicks explained. “This is a great organization and a chance to show them what I can do and what I can bring to the table.”

With Wayne, who is coming off a knee injury, and Hilton, Nicks gives the Colts attack another dimension.

“It looks like a three-headed monster to me,” Nicks told the Herald-Bulletin. “Last time I was in that situation, I won a Super Bowl.”

That Super Bowl team, the Giants, had no interest in bringing him back. He and the Colts will face them in MetLife Stadium this fall.

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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