Hakeem Nicks to leave NY Giants, will sign with Colts

Hakeem Nicks to leave NY Giants, will sign with Colts
Hakeem Nicks to leave NY Giants, will sign with Colts

So much for Hakeem Nicks and the big-money, long-term contract he wanted.

He spent 2013 disappointing the Giants on the field. And now, the free agent marketplace has disappointed him. After a week of searching and turning up not a single lucrative offer, Nicks finally found a taker. The enigmatic receiver officially ended his tenure in East Rutherford on Friday, signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. According to reports, it is worth $3.5 million, with another $2 million in incentives.

That’s far less than what Nicks had been expected to command entering last season. Most thought teams would offer as much as $10 million per for the explosive receiver who had played a vital role in Big Blue’s run to Super Bowl XLVII.

But that was before Nicks caught zero touchdown passes in a passionless season-long performance that seemed like an effort to protect his injury-prone body. He skipped the Giants’ optional minicamps and routinely sat out in training camp.

So the suitors never lined up, and the market was so tepid that, by last weekend, the Nicks camp craftily leaked that he’d be willing to sign a one-year “prove-it” deal. Just days later, Nicks insisted he still wanted a long-term contract.

Instead, the Giants barely made an effort to re-sign him. Just two teams — the Colts and Carolina Panthers — showed serious interest, and Indianapolis gave him a “prove-it” deal on Friday.

Can Nicks prove he’s still an electric receiver? He may not be teaming with Eli Manning anymore, but he’ll work with an emerging quarterback in Andrew Luck. Nicks is coming off his second straight subpar season and has never played a full 16-game schedule.

The Giants will see for themselves if they missed out on Nicks: the Colts are slated to play Big Blue this season.