According to ProFootballTalk.com, even though New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin claims that he expected Hakeem Nicks to show up for OTA’s, a source close to Nicks says that he told the Giants he wouldn’t be showing up.
Per a source with knowledge of Nicks’ situation, the first-round pick who’s entering the final year of his rookie deal told the team he wouldn’t be present for optional offseason workouts. Coach Tom Coughlin, however, claims he wasn’t informed that Nicks would be choosing not to participate.
And while sources close to Nicks continue to insist the absence has nothing to do with his current contract, there’s a chance (in our view) that Nicks wants to protect himself against the kind of injury that could undermine or obliterate his ability to cash in come 2014.
I believe Nick’s absence is due to him not wanting to risk injury, but the fact of the matter is that he has to show up for this month’s mandatory mini-camp as well as training camp in August and he can suffer and injury at any time. If he misses the Giants mini-camp or training camp, he’ll likely be fined since he’s under contract.