Still, that reality won't stop Victor Cruz from lobbying for his outside receiver to stick with Big Blue.
"I have (asked him to stay)," Cruz told The Star-Ledger's Conor Orr on Wednesday. "Selfishly, I would love for him to stay."
When Nicks was at his best, he took double teams away from Cruz, so it's not a surprise the slot receiver would yearn for those days again.
Nicks has had back-to-back disappointing seasons after two 1,000-plus yard years in 2010 and 2011. The receiver's durability has become a question. While he only missed one game in 2013, nagging injuries appeared to slow him throughout the season.
The 26-year-old free agent, despite his recent struggles, remains likely to get a contract offer the Giants won't consider matching. Nicks spent last offseason season posturing for an extension that never came. At least one team will drool over Nicks' potential and pay big for it, despite the drops, inconsistent play and injury questions.