Several NFL clubs are planning to determine the degree to which New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks might be available via trade following New York dropping to 0-6 this week according to league sources.

Teams view Nicks as the best option available and with the Giants in a freefall big changes possibly on the way there and Nicks a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season other general managers want to hear for themselves just how amenable to a trade Giants GM Jerry Reese might be. Several GMs contacted believed the Giants could get at least a third-round pick for Nicks even if he is just a late-season “rental” who then hits the open market in March.

Nicks 25 could end up being the highest-paid player in what looks to be a pedestrian free-agent class (tight end Jimmy Graham for instance is going to be franchised by the Saints if he isn't extended) and a team acquiring the star receiver at the trade deadline would only owe him about $1.4M for the remainder of the season based on his $2.7M salary).

Among the teams holding internal discussions about him according to club sources were the 49ers and Falcons (who lost Julio Jones for the season but are not conceding the season … at least certainly not yet). New England and Baltimore are also contending teams in need of an upgrade at receiver and the market for Nicks would be robust sources believe if the Giants express a willingness to listen to offers.