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Hakeem Nicks willing to wait for contract talks: right or wrong move?

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Is Hakeem Nicks smart to wait until after the 2013 season to negotiate a long-term deal with the Giants?

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New York Giants' wide receiver Hakeem Nicks becomes a free agent after the 2013 NFL season. He said on Monday that he is willing to wait for contract talks with the front office and will finish out his rookie contract.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Nicks is in no hurry to negotiate a contract with the Giants and is taking at "anti-Cruz" approach to the situation. Nicks wants to finish his rookie contract and wait for the Giants to approach him with an offer.

In my honest opinion I think Nicks is taking the right direction with this. There are a few different reasons.

First, as Ed also mentioned in this morning's notebook, Nicks is coming off an injury-plagued season and will need to use 2013 as a way of showing he is still the Giants number one receiver. If Nicks enters 2013 injury-free and has his typical Hakeem Nicks season then getting a rich new contract becomes more realistic. A Nicks type of season would be similar to his 2010 and 2011 seasons where he combined for 2,244 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Giants are confident they will sign wide receiver Victor Cruz to a long-term contract this summer, which leads me to believe they won't be worried if Nicks reaches free agency before they can offer him a new deal. The Giants will play it smart and make sure Nicks stays healthy throughout 2013 before offering him a contract.

Waiting it out will also give Nicks a chance to see exactly how much the Giants will give Cruz. If Nicks has a Nicks-type season or better he'll probably want a similar or bigger contract than what the Giants give Cruz. We won't really have an idea what that number will be until Cruz is signed to a new contract.

Nicks is taking a smart approach to his impending free agency after the 2013 season. What do you guys think about it?

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