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Relationships, Talent Lead Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Intro: Hakeem Nicks had his playoff suitors in the 2014 free agency process. In the end, it was the Colts who had the relationships and the foundation that Nicks was looking for in his next NFL destination.



INDIANAPOLISHakeem Nicks knew what he wanted and he wasn’t going to end his free agency process until he got just that.

He wanted to get back to the 2011 postseason where he tormented the NFL’s best defenses.

In the Giants four-game run to capturing Super Bowl XLVI, Nicks caught 28 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns.

Nicks’ last playoff experience is a 10-catch, 109-yard effort at Lucas Oil Stadium and just six days ago, he envisioned many more days like that in his new home.

On his conference call Saturday morning, Nicks compared the receiving corps he is about to join to that Giants team from 2011.

Victor Cruz and Nicks both had 1,000-yard campaigns in 2011 and Mario Manningham chipped in 523 receiving yards before hauling in arguably the biggest snag in the Giants Super Bowl victory.

What does Nicks think of flanking some more 1,000-yard wideouts in Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton?

“It looks like a three-headed monster to me,” Nicks said on Saturday. “Last time I was in that situation, I won a Super Bowl so I’m excited about that.”

 

Right before the free agency period got underway last week, Nicks made it clear that Indianapolis was a potential fit thanks to the possibility of catching balls from Andrew Luck.

“Part of being a free agent is making the choice where you want to go. We all know I’m a football player and I feel like this is the best fit for me,” Nicks said.

“The football coaches, I’ve heard a lot of great things about them. Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game today and I would love to play with him.”

As the ink dried on his new contract with the Colts late Friday night, Nicks got exactly what he wanted.

The talent offensively was an attraction to Nicks but the connections extend well beyond his new teammates.

Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams held the same position at North Carolina during Nicks sophomore and junior seasons.

During Nicks’ 2007 sophomore season in Chapel Hill, Chuck Pagano was the Tar Heels defensive coordinator.

The allure of playing for the Carolina Panthers back in his home state of North Carolina was appealing, but in the end it was the Colts who outlasted the competition.

“This is the best situation for me, a great organization and a chance to come in and show them what I can do and what I can bring to the table,” Nick said.

“There’s definitely some relationships here and I’m excited about working.”


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