Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reported Wednesday that Nicks' "unstated goal" in sitting out OTAs is to express unhappiness with his contract situation. Nicks is due $2.725 million in the final year of the rookie contract he signed with the Giants in 2009.
"I don't know," Coughlin said. "He should be here."
It remains to be seen how long Nicks intends to stay off the grid. It wouldn't be a surprise if he were back in practice by the end of the week, having successfully sent his message to management.
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UPDATE: Although Nicks and agent Peter Schaffer have declined to explain why Nicks missed a voluntary offseason training activity session, Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday the agent has denied strongly that the receiver's absence was linked to his contract.
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