Excerpt: "The vultures are already circling around the Giants’ dead carcass, waiting to see what’s left to pick off. The most attractive piece will likely turn out to be receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is unsigned beyond the end of this season. And the Giants are willing to listen if another team is willing to bite.
But if they do take what would be a significant plunge and trade Nicks – or any other veteran player, for that matter – it would not be well-received inside their already-fragile locker room by the players who are left behind. It would be a “dagger,” in the words of Brandon Jacobs, to a team that’s already crumbling.
As if they haven’t already stuck plenty of daggers into themselves.
“The business part of it is the business part of it and there’s nothing we can do about it as players,” Jacobs said. “But depending on the person, it could be a dagger. It could go in both ways.
“It’ll hurt. I think it’ll definitely hurt for us being in the vulnerable state we are now.”
Of course, the Giants’ state is something more than “vulnerable” at the moment. Their 2013 season is over, whether they remain too delusional to admit it or not. The players may not be willing to wave a white flag of surrender, but the front office has to consider it before the Oct. 29 trade deadline, for the good of next season and beyond.
The Giants don’t expect to deal Nicks, according to one source who has spoken to a member of the front office, but they have indicated a willingness to listen to offers for the receiver or any veteran player. There was even a report over the weekend that the San Francisco 49ers (who are without Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham) and the Atlanta Falcons (who have been playing with a gimpy Roddy White and just lost Julio Jones) are interested in seeing what the Giants are willing to do.
But several NFL sources believe that barring an unlikely bidding war born of desperation, the Giants are unlikely to get much in return for a receiver who would be a 10-game rental and might need several weeks to learn a new offense. The consensus from those sources is the Giants would get a mid-round pick in return. If multiple teams are interested, maybe the pick could be as high as a third.
That doesn’t seem like a lot for a player that even Victor Cruz calls the Giants’ “No. 1 receiver,” which is why the reaction in the locker room would be like sticking a pin in an already deflated balloon. But isn’t it better than getting nothing at all?
Because the Giants might not be willing or able to re-sign Nicks, an injury-prone receiver who hasn’t looked like his old No. 1 self since Week 2 of last season and who is surely going to ask for way more than the five years, $43 million the Giants just gave Cruz." Read more...