The San Francisco 49ers are clearly in need of a No. 2 wide receiver. After seeing WR Anquan Boldin being double-teamed game in and game out, it’s becoming obvious that the team’s most glaring weakness is who can fulfill that No. 2 role. They had hoped four-year veteran WR Kyle Williams would relish that spot, but up to this point he has been nothing short of disappointing. Through six games this season, Williams has 10 receptions for 101 yards to his credit. Believe it or not that’s good for No. 3 on the team. If the Niners want to have any chance against a team like the New Orleans Saints then finding a viable No. 2 wide receiver option should be at the top of their list. And that’s where New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks comes into play.
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Nicks, a former 2009 first-round pick (No. 29) is in the final year of his five-year rookie contract, and will be a free-agent once the season ends. However, with the winless Giants all but out of the playoff race, it looks more and more likely that they will try and trade their star receiver in hopes of getting some type of return on their investment. This off-season saw WR Victor Cruz get rewarded with a five-year, $43 million contract and with Nicks set to become an unrestricted free-agent, the Giants do not have the cap room to tie up their money on one position, making Nicks expendable.
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In 61 career games, Nicks has accumulated 280 receptions for 4,168 yards and 27 touchdowns. A perfect compliment to Boldin as Nicks has the savvy, route-running, and precision to get open one-on-one, he would do wonders to the 49ers passing attack. However, Nicks services will come at a price, and a third-round or fourth-round draft pick is the likely asking price. A bargain for a team destined for a Super Bowl run, making the Niners a perfect destination. Niners HC Jim Harbaugh spoke on the possibility of trading for a wide receiver in today’s press conference, as he said:
Well, just general practice again, there’s always possibilities out there and you can go on endless speculation if you commented every time somebody speculates about something, which we just choose not to do.
If the Niners do in fact pull the trigger, how will that impact the other receivers coming off injuries such as WR Michael Crabtree and WR Mario Manningham? Both players that were placed on the PUP list, Crabtree and Manningham would just add to the best receiving unit in the game. Just think, Boldin, Nicks, Crabtree, and Manningham spread out wide, someone is bound to get open, the question is who can get open first? Not to mention, TE Vernon Davis being a downfield deep-threat, the possibilities are endless.
But with Nicks locking up a roster spot, one wide receiver will surely be relegated to the practice squad, and that may in fact be WR Marlon Moore.
With the Niners being tied to the Nicks Rumor mill, we will keep you updated as GM Trent Baalke has the draft picks to get their man, whether that’s Nicks or someone else.
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