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Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks thinks he's still an elite player

The NFL regular season is over which means teams who didn’t make the playoffs may have likely played their last game with some of their impending free agents. One of those players facing free agency is hobbled New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who despite not catching a touchdown pass since December 2012, thinks he’s going to get paid in free agency.

According to The New York Post, Hakeem Nicks still believes he’s an elite players in the NFL and likely believes he deserves to be paid as such this year.

“I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league and I’m going to go out and prove it,” Nicks said.

Nicks isn’t saying he thinks he should be paid like an elite receiver, but he’s dancing around that by making this comment. The fact of the matter is, Nicks hasn’t looked elite in over a calendar year, but he’s still going to draw a lot of interest in March from teams looking for a giant receiving threat downfield.

That’s the value of Nicks, but as we saw with the Giants this year, having a big receiver doesn’t always mean he’s going to be a touchdown machine.

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