Sunday, March 9, 2014
Nicks won't be only receiver Luck attracts
By Mike Wells
INDIANPOLIS -- Former New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks has the Indianapolis Colts on his radar as a future team to play for.
Nicks mentioned the Colts, Carolina and San Diego to ESPN's Josina Anderson as teams that intrigue him.
"Ideally this is what I want: I want to go to a team where I'm the missing link. There are a number of teams that I have my eye on once I hit the market. I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck. I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers. Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them. I just want to make it clear that I want a long-term deal and I want to be happy. I'm excited about talking to teams and making it work."
This won't be the last time that a receiver talks about playing with Luck.
Why would it be?
Luck is one of the premier young quarterbacks in the league. The Colts will be a playoff team, even a Super Bowl contender at some point, as long as Luck continues to get better -- which will happen -- and they keep talent around him.
The Colts are in need of a veteran receiver to go with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. Wayne is working his way back from a torn ACL, so a player like Nicks fits the veteran description.
But there's an “if” when it comes to Nicks.
The “if” is if Nicks can stay healthy.
He dealt with foot and knee problems during his final two seasons with the Giants. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Saturday that Nicks started circulating medical assurance from a specialist that past injury problems won't impact him next season.
Nicks caught 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010. He followed it up with 76 catches for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. Nicks only had 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns last season.