Hakeem Nicks set for free agency

Updated: March 9, 2014, 4:43 PM ET
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Hakeem Nicks emphasized Sunday that he wants a long-term contract as a free agent, claiming he can be a "missing link" to a team with championship aspirations.

Nicks, who will become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he is considering "a number of teams."

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounHakeem Nicks said 'there are a number of teams that I have my eye on' once he becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.

"Ideally this is what I want," Nicks told Anderson. "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."

Nicks, who was plagued by injuries during his final two seasons with the New York Giants, specifically mentioned several quarterbacks that he envisioned teaming up with.

"I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis, I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck," Nicks said. "I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers."

Nicks began circulating medical assurances from two of the nation's leading specialists that past foot and knee injuries should not inhibit the wide receiver's 2014 season, a league source told ESPN on Saturday.

One day later, Nicks claimed that he already has been recruited from players on other teams.

"Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them," he told Anderson. "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."

Nicks, 26, had 896 receiving yards and did not catch a touchdown pass this past season, his fifth with the Giants.

Information from ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen was used in this report.

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