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 Rumors: Carolina Panthers not interested in Hakeem Nicks

The Carolina Panthers have some open roster spots at wide receiver after the team released Steve Smith and saw Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon sign with the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears, respectively.

Furthermore, the team may lose free agent Brandon LaFell which as led to speculation that former North Carolina Tar Heels standout receiver Hakeem Nicks could return home, but according to Pro Football Talk, the Panthers have shown zero interest in the Charlotte native.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was the Pro Personnel Director when Nicks was the first round pick of the New York Giants in the 2009 draft, so if anyone knows the red flags of Nicks, it’s Gettleman.

Nicks looked like one of the game’s next great wide receivers after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and a total of 18 touchdowns from 2010-2011, but he has been dogged by injuries, drops and inconsistency in the last two seasons. Nicks was shut out of the end zone last year when he had 56 receptions and 896 yards.

For the last two seasons he has averaged 56 receptions and 794 yards and has only three touchdowns since he had seven in 2011.

Nicks could still appear on the Panthers radar, but it may have to be patient and accept a one-year deal.


Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Carolina Panthers Hakeem Nicks New York Giants

  • Mattia Rizzo

    Too early to say Panthers are losers in this year free agency period?

    • Jeffrey W Brown


    • sharod martin

      Nope not too early… it’s actually too easy to say it lol

  • robert

    I will give panthers more time to fix this and if not blame the gm and carolina is back to being same old carolina bad football team

    • sharod martin

      I’ve figured something out, i think. Cam Newton is entering a contract year… a HUGE contract year. If he plays good, Carolina will have to pay him HUGE. If Carolina tanks the team this year and Cam does bad, then Cam cannot expect a HUGE payday. The Panthers are being set up for a lame duck season in order to get Cam Newton at a discount. Richardson is all about the money isn’t he, so wouldn’t this make sense from his viewpoint?

  • sharod martin

    Makes me wonder if losing all that the Panthers lost was worth it, or why they let so much talent walk… Was it all just to keep Hardy? That’s insane…. Man I hope Hardy stays healthy…. It wasn’t like the Carolina offense could have gotten much worse, right? O, they let almost every WR walk? Thats ok, the only good WR they had was Smith, and Ginn to a certain extent. Now they have who? King, Pilares, and McNutt…. This is a PRO NFL team right? I thought as a NFL team, you wanted known weapons on offense.. Proven winners. Does Gettleman think “double Trouble” is going to make a comeback? I’m still clueless as to why Carolina still has so much invested at RB… Basically have 3 RB’s and a FB… When Cam runs like he does, he becomes more than just a QB… Cam is a hybrid RB/QB lol Now if Carolina could just teach Cam how to catch passes, Carolina would be golden… They are going to need to learn how to teach Cam though because he is going to have NO ONE to throw the ball to now.