New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who will become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, wants a long-term contract and believes he can be the “missing link” to a championship caliber team.
“Ideally this is what I want: I want to go to a team where I’m the missing link,” Nicks told ESPN‘s Josina Anderson. “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.”
The Colts are about $38 million under the 2014 salary cap, while the Panthers are just $7 million under and the Chargers are only $5 million under.
Nicks, 26, had 896 receiving yards and did not catch a touchdown pass this past season. In 2012, Nicks had just 692 yards receiving and three touchdowns.