Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) before the game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Hakeem Nicks not likely to return to New York Giants

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The NFL regular season is over which means a lot of players have likely played their last game in their current uniform. One of those guys could be New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is set to be a unrestricted free agent this offseason. While the Giants could still bring him back in 2014, it’s starting to look like Nicks’ days with the Giants have come to an end.

According to the New York Daily News, the sudden and mysterious decline in Nicks’ game this season will likely lead to the team cutting ties with him when he starts to receive other offers from around the NFL.

The report quotes head coach Tom Coughlin as being baffled by the drops Nicks had and the broken plays he was involved in when he wasn’t being hobbled by injury. The Giants still have a lot invested in Victor Cruz and the sudden emergence of Jerrel Jernigan at the end of the season as well as  the presence of Ruben Randall make Nicks expendable in the offseason.

He’s a lanky receiver with deep threat ability, so it’s not like this is the end of the road by any means for Nicks. Teams like the Jets who are looking for a deep threat will target Nicks and he’ll still get a sizable contract. But the deal won’t be coming from the Giants as it appears Nicks is done in New York.

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