Hakeem Nicks skipped OTA’s to avoid getting injured

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was asked if he wants to retire as a member of the Giants.

“I really can’t speak for my whole career,” Nicks said, via the New York Post. “I enjoy being a Giant right now. I’m going to take care of what I can take care of as long as I’m a Giant, but I do understand the business side of football, too.”

Nicks explained why he skipped OTA’s.

“At the end of the day, there’s stuff that’s mandatory and there’s things that are not mandatory,” he said. “From my eyes, anytime you can let your body rest [is good]. Football is a physical sport, and it’s a long season, too. Anytime you can let your body rest, I feel like that’s always a blessing.”

Nicks admits he did promise Tom Coughlin he’d show up for OTA’s.  He said that he did get to speak with him and apologize.

“I told him I would be there, but some things just took place and I had to take care of what I had to take care of,” Nicks told The Post. “As soon as I got back, we sat down and talked and got things squared away. I apologized, and everybody knew where I was coming from.”

Nicks says he’s back in Coughlin’s good graces.

“Me and Coach Coughlin have a great relationship,” Nicks said. “Like I’ve said, he’s one of the best coaches I’ve been around. I like our relationship, and I don’t think it could ever be soured.