Now a two-time former member of the New York Giants, veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has chosen to sign with the New Orleans Saints.
The seven-year veteran and former Super Bowl Champion ended his second stint with the New York Giants, trading in the Big Apple for the Big Easy to join the New Orleans Saints.
Nicks announced his decision on Wednesday via his Twitter account.
— Hakeem Amir Nicks (@hakeemnicks) July 27, 2016
The Giants’ brought Nicks back to the team mid-way through last season after they released Preston Parker and it became apparent Victor Cruz would not be returning from injury.
The hope was Nicks’ familiarity with quarterback Eli Manning would make him a productive number four receiver in the offense. Instead, he managed just seven receptions for 54 yards and no touchdowns over six games played.
Allowing Nicks to sign elsewhere doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially this late in the off season.
The emergence of Dwayne Harris as a legitimate threat in the passing game along with the expected return of Victor Cruz, drafting of Sterling Shepard, and re-signing of Myles White spelled the end for a potential return in 2016.
The 28-year old has never been the same since leaving New York in 2013. Despite back to back 1,000 yard plus receiving outputs in 2010 and 2011, Nicks has failed to break even the 500 yard receiving mark since first leaving the team.
He put up just 405 yards (a career low at the time) during his one year stint in 2014 with the Indianapolis Colts. The following year he was released by the Tennessee Titans prior to the start of the regular season.