Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 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

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Panthers want Hakeem Nicks to replace Steve Smith


Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 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

Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 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

The Carolina Panthers are trying to get their ugly divorce with Steve Smith behind them as quickly as they can, and it appears they already have a trophy wife ready to step in and replace him.

While no contract has been hammered out and mutual interest remains unclear, Panthers beat writer Joseph Person reports that Carolina is targeting Hakeem Nicks as a replacement for Smith.

 

Getting rid of Smith has proved to be a controversial decision and fans are not happy about the best player in franchise history getting tossed to the curb the ways Smith is. But adding one of the top fee agent wide receivers may go a long way in healing those open wounds, as Nicks is a local kid from his days at North Carolina and he’s a deep threat that Cam Newton hasn’t had yet in his career.

The divorce from Steve Smith is ugly, but Nicks is on the Panthers radar and could find that deal he’s been looking for rather shortly.

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