For the second time in two weeks, Hakeem Nicks hasn’t shown up for OTAs. While offseason training is technically voluntary, coaches usually expect players to pick up the phone if they can’t attend. That’s what several other New York Giants players have done. For example, Victor Cruz is skipping practice until his contract is sorted out — and two defensive ends were absent with good excuses like hosting charity events. But only Nicks has coach Tom Coughlin “disappointed” because the talented wide receiver has gone completely missing.
Early on, some reporters assumed that Nicks was sitting out practice because of contract disputes. He’s in the last year of his current deal and skipping OTAs is a common tactic for showing displeasure. But Nicks’s agent, Peter Schaffer, insists “everything is all good” with his contract. When pressed for details, Schaffer had no comment.
So why is Nicks missing practice and keeping radio silence if money isn’t the issue?
Some speculate that he’s avoiding injury, although you’d think he’d give Coughlin a call if he just wanted to rest his knee. I like to think he refuses to leave his couch or answer his phone until he’s watched the new season of Arrested Development in order to avoid an unwanted spoiler.
Let’s hope it’s something so benign.