Nicks set for new challenge after unproductive 2013 season.
Former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts, as confirmed by franchise owner Jim Irsay on Twitter.
The deal is understood to be a one year contract worth a maximum of $5.5m according to ESPN, with the player himself admitting earlier this off-season that he would have to prove himself again.
“Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement issued by the team, as reported by ESPN.
“His big-play potential requires attention from the defense every time he’s out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense.”
Nicks was a first-round pick in 2009 and played a significant role in the Giants’ Super Bowl triumph in 2011. However, injuries then took their toll on the receiver as although he returned to action consistently last season he was unproductive.
The 26-year-old failed to catch a single touchdown pass all year and although he did catch 56 passes for 896 yards, he did frustrate the coaching staff for his role in their struggles last season.
That is in contract to his numbers previously, as he averaged 77.5 catches, 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns from 2010 to 2011, and he will look ahead to joining up with the likes of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton in a new offensive group.
Nicks had previously revealed that he would be willing to take a one-year deal in order to prove his health to any interested teams, and it appears he will have the chance to do so in Indianapolis next season.