Just over two months after working out free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks, the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with the veteran, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link). Financial details are not yet available.
The Saints will be the fourth organization for the 28-year-old Nicks, who has spent time with the Giants, Colts and Titans. The Giants have been Nicks’ employer for the lion’s share of his career. New York selected the ex-North Carolina Tar Heel 29th overall in 2009 and he ended up playing there until 2013 and again last season. As a member of Big Blue, Nicks hauled in 318 catches and 27 touchdowns. None of those scores and just seven of those receptions came in 2015 for Nicks, who caught anywhere from 47 to 79 passes each season from 2009-13 and logged two 1,000-yard campaigns.
In between his two stints with the Giants, Nicks was a Colt in 2014, when he picked up 38 receptions and four TDs, and then briefly a Titan – with whom he didn’t crack the roster. All told, the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder has 92 appearances (67 starts), 356 grabs, 14.3 yards per catch and 31 TDs on his stat sheet.
For New Orleans, the addition of Nicks comes just one day after the team placed fellow wideout Vincent Brown on season-ending injured reserve. In the wake of that move, PFR’s Dallas Robinson listed Nicks as a logical target for the Saints. They agreed, apparently, and Nicks will now join a crowded receiving corps that includes Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, second-round pick Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman, Reggie Bell and Kyle Prater, as Roster Resource shows.
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