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Hakeem Nicks becomes obvious candidate to be traded


Last month, someone fabricated a rumor that the Giants had traded (not might trade, but had traded) receiver Hakeem Nicks to the Lions for running back Mikel Leshoure and a third-round pick.

This month, the Giants have 15 days left to try to trade Nicks.

Last night, Peter King and yours truly discussed whether the trade should happen. King believes strongly that they should.

And it makes sense. The Giants are 0-6, they likely won’t pay Nicks what he wants (which could be along the lines of what Mike Wallace got), and they may as well get what they can and move on.

The ability of G.M. Jerry Reese to find plenty of other competent receivers via the draft or otherwise (e.g., Victor Cruz, who wasn’t drafted) suggests that the Giants are better off finding a young replacement next year, trusting Eli Manning to help the player become a good-to-great receiver, and shipping Nicks to a contender.

For more on that topic, the Patriots’ performance on Sunday, and whether the Packers would be a candidate to trade for Nicks, here’s our discussion from the set of Football Night in America.