Former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks signs one-year deal with Indianapolis Colts

Anwar S. Richardson
Former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks signs one-year deal with Indianapolis Colts

Former New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks received a harsh reality check during free agency.

New York was uninterested in re-signing its former first-round pick (2009). Nicks signed with Roc Nation Sports with the hope Jay Z’s sports agency could help him land a long-term deal. The Carolina Panthers were interested in signing Nicks, but not enough to offer him an enticing contract.

In the end, Nicks was forced to sign a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. His contract is worth $3.5 million, according to IndyStar.com reporter Stephen Holder.

The deal makes sense for both sides.

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck receives a veteran receiver as another passing option. Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton emerged as a reliable option last season, while Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill could develop as trustworthy options.

In the meantime, Hicks, 26, has the opportunity to reemerge as an elite receiver.

Nicks did not have one touchdown reception in 15 games last season. Nicks had 896 receiving yards, and had less than five receptions in 11 games. He struggled despite facing single coverage throughout the season. The former Giants receivers has 4,622 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in his career.

If Nicks plays well, he has the opportunity to sign a long-term deal after this season.

However, if Nicks struggles, Indianapolis can easily move on from its one-year experiment.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!