New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) celebrates a pass reception during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors: San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons interested

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has been the source of a few trade rumors so far this season, and those rumors will only continue to grow now that the Giants are 0-6. Nicks has looked excellent this season, and he has been even better than the 25 receptions for 442 yards indicate. Those are great numbers, but the fact of the matter is that it’s easy to overlook just how dangerous Nicks has been. I would also imagine that Nicks’s stat sheet would look even better if Eli Manning were playing at his best.

Although Hakeem Nicks isn’t actually being shopped by the Giants, teams are starting to have internal discussions about sending trade offers to the New York Giants. The latest and strongest Nicks rumors come from CBS Sports’s ace insider Jason La Canfora who reports that “several” teams are “preparing bids” and trying to figure out “the degree to which” Nicks “might be available”.

Nicks is currently playing on a one-year deal, but he would be an excellent rental for a team in need of a receiver, and La Canfora reports that teams think Hakeem Nicks is their best chance at adding an impact receiver (certainly better than Josh Gordon and Kenny Britt). They do want to see, however, how interested Giants star GM Jerry Reese is at making a deal, because that is unclear at this time.

Even if he is just a rental, Nicks is a cheap and extremely effective one, so sources tell La Canfora that the Giants should be able to get at least a third-rounder. The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are reportedly two of the teams “holding internal discussions” on whether or not to send a trade offer for Nicks. It’s interesting to hear that the 49ers want another wideout, as it means that they aren’t confident in their current corps to get the job done while they wait for Michael Crabtree to return to health. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost Julio Jones for the season and Roddy White is hobbled, so they make perfect sense as a Nicks “buyer”; I highly doubt they have thrown in the towel on the season just yet.

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