Audio: Hakeem Nicks 'happy to be a Giant'

June, 19, 2013
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was on the radio with "Mike & Mike" this morning, talking about everything from the NBA Finals to who was his favorite receiver when he was growing up. (Carolina's Steve Smith) You can catch the audio here . Mike & Mike are having "Twitter week," which means Nicks took some questions from fans on Twitter. One asked him about his future with the team, which is at issue since he's entering the final year of his contract and the team is also trying to sign fellow start wide receiver Victor Cruz long term. Nicks basically didn't answer:
"My main focus is just getting into this season right now and being healthy and contributing to the team the best way possible. I love the Giants organization, and I'm very happy to be a Giant."

Which is what guys say. The fact is, Nicks' future with the Giants is a matter of a contract negotiation between him and the team, and there's nothing he can say on the radio that's going to help resolve the situation in his favor. If he stays healthy and has the kind of year he and the Giants know he can have, Nicks will be an in-demand free agent next year, and the Giants likely would be highly motivated to sign him before he hits the market. If he struggled again with injuries or was otherwise unproductive, his price would drop way down and the Giants would have an easier time keeping him if they even wanted to. Nicks' situation at this point -- with Cruz on the front burner and another salary-cap pinch awaiting the Giants in 2014 -- almost has to wait and see how the year goes.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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