Hakeem Nicks to Sign with Colts


Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (80) is defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts are set to sign wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The deal is for 1 year, $3.5 million, with $2 million available via incentives. The deal will give Nicks a chance to prove that he still has the health, athleticism, and motivation to be a contributor to a playoff team.

Hakeem Nicks is a former 1st round pick i 2009 and heading into his 6th year in the NFL. He has faced consistent injury issues during his time with the New York Giants, failing to play in all 16 games once during his career. He also has never played less than 13 games in a season. Nicks was a huge part of the Giants’ Super Bowl team in 2011, posting 444 yards and 4 touchdowns in the post season. If Nicks fails to stay healthy again this season or is a locker room distraction in any way, he could find it hard to catch on with any NFL team next season.

Nicks will join Reggie Wayne, who is coming off an ACL tear suffered in October, and TY Hilton to form a potentially explosive receiving core. Andrew Luck, widely considered the best of the up-and-coming quarterbacks including Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepenick, and Robert Griffin III, led the Colts to a playoff win despite having to rely on unproven receiver TY Hilton, and college teammate Coby Fleener.