Nicks: OTAs absence not contract-related

June, 19, 2013
Hakeem Nicks didn't want to delve into the reasons why he was not at voluntary OTAs this offseason.

But the New York Giants receiver said in an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday morning that his absence was not because of his desire for a new long-term contract.

"I really don't talk about my contract in the media and stuff like that," Nicks said. "But contract wasn't related."

Nicks was asked on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" if he wants to remain a Giant long term and if he would sacrifice dollars to stay.

"My main focus is just getting into this season and being healthy and contributing to the team the best way possible," Nicks said. "I love the Giants organization and I'm very happy to be a Giant."

Nicks said on NFL Network that his absence during OTAs will not affect his timing with the offense. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride expressed concern that Nicks and Victor Cruz, who skipped OTAs and mandatory minicamp due to his contract negotiations, didn't receiving the coaching they needed in the offseason.

"I can only speak on my behalf," Nicks said. "I feel like with the offense, I know it like the back of my hand now. I can pick right back up where I left off at. Just make sure my body is back to par and I will be fully go."

Nicks said that despite Tom Coughlin's irritation with Nicks' absence from OTAs, the receiver and the coaching staff are on the same page.

"Yeah, we are on good terms," Nicks said. "I understand where Coach Coughlin was coming from. I could have done a better job of reaching out to him. But it is in the past now. I was at minicamp and we are all on the same page now and I look forward to training camp."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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