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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Hakeem Nicks to meet with Colts

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS - Could the Indianapolis Colts be closing in on a veteran receiver to go with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton?

If things go as planned, they could have it taken care of sometime Friday.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday that free-agent receiver Hakeem Nicks is scheduled to fly to Indianapolis and meet Friday with the Colts.

The visit with the Colts isn't surprising for Nicks. He said earlier this week that he had interest in catching passes from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

The 26-year-old Nicks had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the New York Giants in 2010 and 2011 but dealt with injuries in 2012 and had 896 yards receiving with no touchdowns in 2013.

Nicks wouldn't have to carry the receiving load with Colts. Indianapolis has a number of offensive weapons, which include tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, Luck can turn to. It would be a matter of simply fitting in for Nicks.

The Colts thought they solved their depth concerns at receiver when they signed Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract last season. Heyward-Bey's highlight in Indianapolis was that he could be one of the first players down field to pin a punt insider the 20-yard line.

Here's what I wrote about Nicks on Thursday morning in a post about the free-agent receiver market:

The issue could be that Nicks wants a multiyear deal. A one-year contract would be more ideal as some have alluded to because it could be a win-win situation for Nicks and the Colts. It'll allow Nicks to prove it was injuries that slowed him down the past two seasons and not simply lack of production. The Colts get another option for Luck to throw to for at least a year.