Hakeem Nicks said he thought he would be "dangerous" playing with Andrew Luck as his quarterback and that he was looking to sign a long-term deal as a free agent.
He got one of those things.
Nicks, who spent five years with the Giants, signed a one-year deal with the Colts on Friday. The contract is reportedly worth $3.5 million with the chance for another $2 million in incentives, far from the kind of money Nicks was likely hoping to get when he hit the market. But it gives him a chance to prove his worth after two injury-troubled seasons in which his production for the Giants was disappointing. He just turned 26 and if he can return to the kind of numbers he put up early in his career - he averaged 77.5 catches, 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010 and 2011 - he'll likely land a much larger deal next offseason (or get an extension from the Colts before that).
It was only a year ago that re-signing Nicks seemed like such a priority to the Giants that it factored into their negotiations with Victor Cruz. Everyone was excited for Nicks to return from injuries in 2013, but then he disappeared from the team on the eve of voluntary OTAs. He was with the team for mandatory minicamp and training camp, but made references to his "situation" that hinted that he had his next contract on his mind throughout the year. He did not catch a touchdown in 2013 and missed the team's most important game of the year against the Cowboys after sitting out practices during the week with what he thought might have been a sports hernia. There were also reports of tension between Nicks and Tom Coughlin over tardiness to meetings and missed physical therapy sessions.
Nicks will now call the stadium where he helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI home. But he'll also have a chance to return to MetLife Stadium. The Colts will play the Giants there in the 2014 regular season.