Here is the good news: For once, an injury isn't the reason why Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is missing football activities. He underwent a scope on his left knee more than two months ago, but Nicks said Tuesday that he feels good physically. Alas, Nicks wasn't present for organized team activities on Wednesday, and a source has told Yahoo's Jason Cole that the absence has to do with Nicks' contract. Nicks is entering the final season of his rookie deal and will make about $2.7 million.
OTAs are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was not happy when asked by the media about Nicks' whereabouts.
"I don't know," Coughlin said. "He should be here."
Teammate Victor Cruz is also missing OTAs as he waits for the Giants to take care of him financially.
This is nothing to worry about. Nicks is under contract, and I don't think that he would push this "holdout" deep into the summer. However, if worse comes to worst, Rueben Randle would see a big jump in value. For fantasy owners, the bigger deal with Nicks is his health, obviously. His body hasn't been able to hold up for a full season through his first four years, and that's why he is being drafted as a mid-range WR2 early on. But if he can finally play 16 games, Nicks will be a steal.