What Does Victor Cruz’s Extension Mean for Hakeem Nicks?

July 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now that the Victor Cruz contract debacle has been put to rest, the No. 1 priority of the New York Giants' front office becomes extending fellow starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. 
Cruz's extension, which could keep him in New York for six years and is worth up to $46 million, helps the Giants in two ways in regard to keeping Nicks.  
First, they didn't break the bank. As we explained on Monday, it's essentially a two-year deal worth $15.6 million, which is extremely team friendly when you consider that Cruz has been one of the five most productive receivers in football since the start of 2011. 
During that span, Cruz has remained relatively healthy while Nicks has missed four games due to various injuries. Even when healthy, he's been significantly less productive than Cruz in terms of receptions, yards, touchdowns and deep passes. 
So while Nicks will likely demand more money as a prototy...

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