Saints to sign wide receiver Hakeem Nicks


According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints are signing veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract.

The news came late Wednesday afternoon. No official move has been announced by the club, but it would be largely expected due to the team placing veteran Vincent Brown on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Per his Twitter handle, it appears Nicks is going to be there for training camp practice on Thursday, as his tweet confirms the move.

Hakeem Nicks, who turned 28 in January, previously worked out for the Saints last September and two months ago.Prior to working out with the Saints, Nicks worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals in April. He appeared in 6 games in 2015 for the New York Giants from Week 12-17, but was mainly a non-factor with 7 receptions for 54 yards.

After a spectacular start to his campaign with the Giants (2009-13), the former first-round pick out of North Carolina has struggled mightily to stay healthy, being bothered by leg and foot injuries for the latter half of his career. Nicks spent 2014 with the Indianapolis Colts, and started just six games tallying 38 receptions, 405 yards, and 4 touchdowns.

Naturally, it’s hard to project him having any type of long-term impact for Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The team’s top three spots are safely claimed by Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and rookie Michael Thomas. Entering his 8th season, Nicks is a veteran that has a Super Bowl ring. However, it’s hard to suggest that he’s anything other than a camp body for the next several weeks.