Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) pleads for a pass interference call in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Hakeem Nicks says Colts were more familiar than Panthers

The Indianapolis Colts went out and grabbed Hakeem Nicks off of the free agent market, but they landed him on a one-year instead. His deal with the Colts also came after he rejected the Carolina Panthers, a team many believed were a fit for him.

According to Nicks, while returning home would have been nice, the Colts coaches provide a much more familiar situation for him than anywhere else.

Per ESPN.com:

“I was, but the situation wasn’t the right kind of situation and I didn’t want to get myself in a long-term situation that I didn’t like. This is the best situation for me, a great organization and a chance to come in and show them what I can do and what I can bring to the table. I’m familiar with a lot of the coaches, especially the wide receiver coach, he coached me in college. And Chuck Pagano was my defensive coordinator in college. There are definitely some relationships here. I’m excited about working.

He’ll be playing for the long-term deal he covets this season and putting himself in a familiar situation seems to be setting him and the Colts up for a great 2014 season together.

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