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N.Y. Giants' Hakeem Nicks: I'm still a top wide receiver

Set to hit free agency in March, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sounds like a guy who believes he's in for a king's ransom on the open market.

"I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league and I'm going to go out and prove it," Nicks said this week, per the New York Post.

The fifth-year pass-catcher hasn't looked like a top wide receiver over the past two years -- especially this season, when he failed to haul in a touchdown grab while averaging just 3.8 receptions per game. His speed has been clipped by a string of injuries, and his lack of production made him the subject of trade whispers earlier this season.

Victor Cruz -- who settled for nothing less than a five-year, $43 million deal last offseason -- told Nicks to "just be patient," but it's Cruz's weighty contract that makes overpaying for Nicks a long shot in New York.

Not somewhere else, however. Nicks, despite back-to-back underwhelming campaigns, is ripe to receive more money than he's worth this offseason. Stay tuned.

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