The impending free agency of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been an issue for the Giants all season long, but now that there are no more games to be played and Nicks' expiring contract is a top story surrounding the team.
"There are some decisions to make that are in front of me," said Nicks on Monday. "I just pray about it and I think whatever is supposed to happen is going to happen the way it's supposed to."
What the Giants are supposed to do is make the best decision for the interest of the organization. That may or may not involve signing Nicks to a new contract after the wide receiver recorded zero touchdown receptions in 15 games this season. Of course, Nicks wasn't the only player on New York's offense who underperformed in 2013. The struggles on the offensive line and at quarterback slowed the whole unit down.
"It's just a learning lesson," said Nicks regarding the down season. "We can look back on it and just apply it to our lives and the game. Just know that there was a lot of room for improvement and the offseason is ahead and guys have to do something about that."
While Nicks didn't have the best season of his career in 2013, that can't be said for Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan. Both players stood out with career years that helped bolster New York's depth at wide receiver. That should help the team gain leverage in any negotiations with Nicks this winter.
With Nicks coming off a poor season, the Giants will have to think hard about bringing him back into what could be a crowded wide receiver corps in 2014.
"Business is business," said Nicks, "I think we'll see eye to eye, if anything. I know it's going to be positive from both ends. Really, I'm not going to get into details about the business right now."