Excerpt: "A different set of NFL players face a crossroads for a variety reasons (age, contract, injury, off-the-field issues, etc.) each NFL season. Here's a look at some key players facing a crossroads heading into the 2013 season.
Hakeem Nicks (WR)-New York Giants
Nicks is willing to play out the final year of his five-year rookie contract. He had a disappointing 2012 campaign, which was the worst statistical season of his four-year NFL career, because of knee and foot injuries. Nicks caught 53 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns. In the two previous seasons, he had 155 receptions for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns. Nicks could receive a new deal during the 2013 season if he quickly returns to his 2010 and 2011 form and the impasse with restricted free agent Victor Cruz can't be broken. The Giants do not want to be in a position with both starting wide receivers unsigned long term heading into 2014 where they must use their franchise tag on one receiver while the other becomes an unrestricted free agent. As an outside receiver who is considered as a deep threat, Nicks could command a contract in excess of $10 million per year with a bounce-back season." Read more...