5 years ago

The Giants are putting a bigger emphasis on signing Hakeem Nicks to a long-term deal than impending restricted free agent Victor Cruz.

Nicks, 25, has one year left on his rookie deal at $2.725 million, and with him having a down 2012 season due to injuries, the Giants may be able to get a bargain. New York views Nicks as a legitimate No. 1 receiver for the future. Nicks played in 13 games in 2012, registering 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns. In the two seasons prior, he averaged 77 grabs for 1,122 yards and nine scores. Nicks has never played in all 16 games of a single season.