Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks didn't score a touchdown in 2013. It's perhaps the most perplexing outcome of a total head-scratcher of a season. Nicks, 26, now heads into free agency with three touchdown receptions in his last 30 games. He's coming off a season where he missed the Giants' most important contest with an abdominal injury he wanted to play through, but the coaching staff wouldn't allow him to do. So, Nicks now heads into free agency with little chance of returning to the Giants. Their opinion of the veteran wide receiver is poisoned. But what about the rest of the league? It seems to be a mixed bag. I asked a handful of personnel executives, scouts and coaches about Nicks at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week. Some appear undeterred by his lackluster season; others are concerned. One NFL personnel executive told NJ.com that the perception around the league is that Nicks dogged it this past season. He didn't provide full effort in order to protect himself heading into free agency. That same executive still didn't think it was a deal-breaker in free agency. He believed there remains a realistic chance that there is a team out there that would pay Nicks the sizable contract he's looking for on the free-agent market.
Hakeem Nicks: The NFL's perception of the Giants' free-agent wide receiver
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