Will wide receiver Hakeem Nicks be with the Giants once his contract expires after the 2013 season? The former first-round pick was vague about his future in interviews Wednesday.
Nicks was asked on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" program if he wanted to remain a Giant long-term and if he was willing to sacrifice some money with a hometown discount.
"My main focus is just getting into this season and being healthy and contributing to the team the best way possible," Nicks said. "I love the Giants organization and I'm very happy to be a Giant."
Whether he'll be with the Giants beyond 2013 remains a mystery. His rookie deal expires after next season, meaning he'll be an unrestricted free agent. The Giants have the option of using the franchise tag on Nicks, guaranteeing that he'd be on the team through the 2014 season as long as he is tendered an offer worth the average of the NFL's top five receivers.
Nicks missed the Giants' official team activity (OTA) sessions, which are voluntary, but participated in last week's mandatory minicamp. Had he missed the minicamp, he would have been subject to fines. Nicks insisted his absence from the OTAs wasn't contract-related.
"I really don't talk about my contract in the media and stuff like that," he said. "But contract wasn't related."
Nicks said he isn't worried about any timing issues because of his absence from the OTAs. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said last week he was concerned about the absence of Nicks and Victor Cruz, who last Friday signed a one-year contract. "I can only speak on my behalf," Nicks said in an interview on NFL Network. "I feel like with the offense, I know it like the back of my hand now. I can pick up where I left off."
Nicks said he and coach Tom Coughlin, who expressed frustration with Nicks, are getting along. The two spoke before the minicamp to iron out any miscommunication. Nicks had indicated to Coughlin that he would attend OTA sessions, which is why Coughlin expressed irritation when he didn't show up.
"Yeah, we are on good terms," Nicks said. "I understand where coach Coughlin was coming from. I could have done a better job of reaching out to him. But it is in the past now. I was at minicamp and we are all on the same page now and I look forward to training camp."