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Beat writer Dan Graziano says it seemed clear that Hakeem Nicks "chief motivation" last season "was to stay healthy so that he could cash in as a free agent."

The Colts are hoping that Nicks' effectiveness was sapped by his mind, not an accumulation of lower-body injuries. He posted a 56-896-0 line, reportedly frustrating coaches with his inability to get open and make plays. The other concern is that 26-year-old Nicks is now operating on a one-year deal once again, leaving Graziano to wonder if he'll tip-toe through another season. There are a lot of yellow flags here despite Nicks' natural talent and the presence of Andrew Luck.

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Colts agreed to terms with Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year deal.

GM Ryan Grigson has reputation for being a closer, so it was always unlikely Nicks left Indianapolis without a deal. Still only 26-years-old, Nicks would theoretically provide playmaking ability on the outside, allowing T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to move around the formation. If his heart is in it, the Colts will provide Nicks the offense and opportunity to reemerge as a fantasy relevant wide receiver.

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The 49ers are reportedly interested in Hakeem Nicks.

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Profootballtalk reports that, as of Wednesday evening, the Panthers had yet to show interest in free agent Hakeem Nicks.

It goes against the Charlotte Observer's Thursday report that Nicks was the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith. As far as we know, Nicks has yet to schedule a visit, and has been greeted by an ice-cold market. It would be damning if Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, a former member of the Giants' front office, doesn't want Nicks. Of course, it could be as simple as the Panthers not having the money.

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The Colts will host free agent Hakeem Nicks on Friday.

Indy would be a great place for Nicks to rehab his career, assuming his heart is still in it. There are whispers it isn't. Still only 26 years old, Nicks would add theoretical playmaking ability on the perimeter of the Colts' offense, with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne moving around the formation. Nicks recently listed the Colts as one of his preferred destinations due to quarterback Andrew Luck. He's also drawing interest from the Panthers.

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According to the Charlotte Observer, free agent WR Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith.

Sometimes, it's just a simple connection of the dots. The Panthers are completely overhauling their receiving corps from scratch, Nicks is from Charlotte and he played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. The talented Nicks won't be overly expensive ($4.5 million per season according to CBS Sports) as he comes off two straight disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. An opportunity to rehab his value as Cam Newton's No. 1 option in his hometown should be appetizing.

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Free agent Hakeem Nicks named the Colts, Panthers, and Chargers as teams he's interested in signing with.

"Ideally this is what I want: I want to go to a team where I'm the missing link," said Nicks, 26. "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." Nicks stated his preference is "a long-term deal," but he's also open to one-year offers. His market hasn't been hot to this point, but Nicks is still very likely to land a starting job. Someone will gamble on his upside.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports free agent Hakeem Nicks is open to playing on a one-year contract to prove his 2012 and 2013 seasons were "aberrations."

Nicks is also open to re-signing with the Giants. If he can't return to New York, Nicks wants to go to a team with a proven quarterback. Mortensen also adds that Nicks' past foot and knee injuries have been cleared and deemed 100 percent by Drs. Robert Anderson and James Andrews, respectively. Each doctor wrote a letter of recommendation for Nicks, and copies were sent to all 32 teams. Nicks has been linked to the Ravens and Patriots since the season ended.

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ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley considers the Ravens a possible landing spot for free agent Hakeem Nicks.

The Ravens are looking to upgrade at receiver and Nicks would fit their need for a possession receiver opposite Torrey Smith. Nicks is coming off a pedestrian 2013 and may only require a one-year "prove it" deal, similar to Jeremy Maclin. Baltimore is expected to prioritize re-signing LT Eugene Monroe before the start of free agency, but the Ravens have $28.13 million in cap space and should be able to afford Nicks.

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The Newark Star-Ledger reports free agent Hakeem Nicks' chances of returning to the Giants are "close to zero."

Nicks recently hired Jay-Z's Roc Nation to represent him and is fully expected to test the open market. Coming off a disappointing 2013, he may have to settle for a one-year "prove it" deal. Nicks is Rotoworld's No. 3 free agent receiver available this offseason, behind Eric Decker and Jeremy Maclin.