Hakeem Nicks on trade rumors: 'I love playing for the Giants'

Hakeem Nicks is the target of trade rumors but the WR is happy in New York. (USATSI)

The Giants are 0-6, the worst team in the NFL's worst division, and there's nothing to indicate that they're close to turning things around. It's why several receiver-needy clubs are putting together bids for Hakeem Nicks, the Giants' 25-year-old playmaker in the last year of his rookie deal.

"Teams view Nicks as the best option available and with the Giants in a freefall, big changes possibly on the way there, and Nicks a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, other general managers want to hear for themselves just how amenable to a trade Giants GM Jerry Reese might be," CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora wrote Sunday. "Several GMs contacted believed the Giants could get at least a third-round pick for Nicks, even if he is just a late-season “rental” who then hits the open market in March."

Nicks, meanwhile, says he's heard the rumors but is happy where he is.

“I’m a Giant, and that’s the only thing I can focus on right now,” Nicks said Monday, via CBS New York. “I’m a Giant, and I love playing for the Giants. I’m a Giant right now, and I’m going to stand strong on that.”

But would the Giants, who locked up Victor Cruz to a long-term deal this offseason, be willing to fork over No. 1 receiver money to Nicks with so many other roster issues? That's not Nicks' problem, at least not at the moment.

“As of now, I’m a Giant,” he said. “At the end of the day, business is business. But I haven’t been getting any whiff of anything like that. I’m a Giant right now, and I’m going to enjoy it, and we’ve got to start winning games.”

When it comes time to do a deal, whomever lands Nicks will have to pay him. La Canfora writes that fifth-year receiver "could end up being the highest-paid player in what looks to be a pedestrian free-agent class."

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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