Eric Metz, the agent for the six-year veteran wide receiver wrote in an email
Monday night he's "hoping to finalize a contract very soon" to return Hixon to
the team for whom he's played only two games in the past two seasons
Metz added in a follow-up text message about the impending unrestricted free
agent: "We expect him to sign with the Giants."
Hixon, 27, tore
the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a minicamp practice
in June 2010. He missed all of that season before returning for the start of
training camp last year. Hixon, who last February signed a one-year deal with a
$600,000 base salary and a $250,000 roster bonus, took it easy at times during
camp but was ready for the start of the regular season - so ready he caught a
22-yard touchdown pass late in the first half of the Week 2 victory over the
Only one problem: he
tore his right ACL again on that play
Hixon, who has the only kick- and punt-return touchdowns for the Giants in
the past six seasons, has been rehabbing once again and believes he'll be able
to make a full recovery once again.
“Coming back from the previous injury — feeling faster, catching the ball
better, knowing the offense — I felt everything was falling in line,” Hixon
told The Star-Ledger late last month
from his hometown in Ohio. “I was
confident that I was back to 100 percent.”
Hixon has tried to maintain a positive attitude, even though he realizes some
of the catches that went Victor Cruz's way could've landed in his hands if he'd
stayed healthy. This season, with the potential loss of Manningham, a healthy
Hixon would get the chance to grab some more passes.
If and when Hixon signs, that will leave 20 Giants who are scheduled to be
unrestricted free agents on March 13.
* * * *
Speaking of percentages, allow me to clarify what I referenced above in
regard to Manningham, who was on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" show this morning.
He was asked about his telling The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio, he was "75
percent" sure he's leaving the Giants via free agency
“I didn’t say that,” Manningham said during his appearance on WFAN. “You know
how rumors get spread and I didn’t say anything like that.”
For the record, I've emailed Tom Williams of The Vindicator, who quoted
Manningham and wrote the story on the Warren, Ohio, native getting the keys to
his hometown. Perhaps this is another example of a guy talking to his local
paper and not thinking the quotes will make their way back to this area. (Hint:
They always do.)
Anyway, Manningham gave a different set of odds this morning.
“It’s 50-50,” he said. “We’re not sure what’s going on right now. We’re just
gonna take it slow and just see what’s going on. You know, let the smoke clear a
Manningham also downplayed the rumors he'll soon follow new Bucs offensive
coordinator Mike Sullivan to Tampa Bay.
Much as Manningham is trying to move the needle here, the bottom line is his
chances of coming back to the Giants continue to seem awfully slim. In fact,
when asked by Craig Carton this morning whether it's more likely he re-signs
with the Giants or Cruz gets an extension, he replied, "I'd probably go with