NFL trade rumors: Jonathan Stewart for Hakeem Nicks is perfect deal

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If you read my piece yesterday on why the Carolina Panther should trade for New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, you probably agree that it’s a deal that seems like it needs to get done if the the Panthers want to add a much-needed offensive weapon. The best asset the Panthers could trade may just be running back Jonathan Stewart.

They could deal him to he Giants for Nicks straight-up and get their No. 2 receiver to compliment an aging Steve Smith, while the Giants would be getting some compensation for a player they stand to get nothing for when he leaves via free agency next offseason.


Oct 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) jumps over Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants need running back help in the worst way, as they’ve been playing Brandon Jacobs, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis over the past three games. That’s not a backfield meant to last, and Stewart is still a relatively young guy at age 26 and did top 1,000 yards from scrimmage (including 1,133 rushing yards in 2009) in two of the past four seasons.

While the giants have acted like they believe they have a shot to win the weak NFC East and trading Nicks may hurt that cause, it may actually help the, with the emergence of Reuben Randle, who could step into the role of Nicks and make up for his loss, while Stewart would give this offense a more consistent ground game that takes the pressure off of struggling quarterback Eli Manning.

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  • James Doakes

    That only benefits the giants. As a panther fan, i dont want him.. Ted ginns on the rise.. 28 is exactly what we need to open the field up more

  • ahrcshaw

    James Doakes said it best, “It only favors the Giants”, Hicks is not the WR the Panthers need. He is temperamental, he is not that better then Ginn. and he costs too much for all the drops he has had this year. At this point we need to keep consistency with the receivers we use with Cam and bring the young guys along. Stewart wants to remain a Panther and I do not blame him. If you are slap happy and want to trade, then trade Talbert, but not Stewart. At this point, what would Nicks bring to the table that is not already there? The Panthers are just now beginning to use the talent they have and there is no need to insert anything different, meaning “if it isn’t broke don’t try to fix it”. Go Panthers.

  • daniel myers

    Nicks sux. He sux as a giant and he can stay there. J stew is a beast and we will love having him back.