At this point, the New York Giants brass probably has an excellent idea of what it’s going to take to re-sign wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. If the team knows that the dollars he’ll be trying to get aren’t in their budget plans, then the time is now to move him to another team in return for draft picks.
The New York Giants are 0-6. The players and coaches are still going to try to win every week as they should. However, despite the sad state of the NFC East, the Giants shouldn’t bank on a few wins to sneak into the playoffs. Instead, the franchise should make a dramatic move that might just have a huge impact on the team turning its fortunes around very quickly.
The goal of every team is to get better and somehow get younger at the same time. The better comes with the experience and quality free agent signings, while the younger comes through the draft.
At 0-6, the G-Men are setting themselves up for a potential very high pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. For purposes of an example, let’s say that Big Blue gets one of the top five picks in the next draft. If there’s not one player that they’re targeting that high, imagine the value of trading that pick for more picks. The amount of youth and talent that comes with that move gets the Giants younger and hopefully better pretty quick.
Now, add in the picks that the Giants would get for a trade of Nicks to a team that is desperate to pay for a potential big-time wide receiver.
The amount of picks the Giants would be able to accumulate by having a bad season and by dealing Nicks and then continuing to accumulate through trades of those picks is too much to pass up.
It’s also fair to question that if the Giants do trade Nicks, are they really giving up on the season? An argument can be made that the trade allows others on the roster the opportunity to step up and those players might be so hungry to show their skills that maybe the deal actually ends up helping the Giants in the short term.
No team needs to see its top players walk out the door and sign with a new team and not get the real value they could’ve gotten for that player if they moved him before the trade deadline. Look at some of the players around the league that teams have lost in recent years because of not making a trade. Just peek at the San Diego Chargers, who managed to let the likes of Drew Brees, Darren Sproles and Michael Turner all walk away as free agents.
Sports is a business and just like all others, sometimes you have to make an unpopular momentary move to take a shot at making the future much brighter. A trade of Nicks might not go over well with the players in the locker room, but it’s those same players that currently have an 0-6 record.