Hakeem Nicks, Tennessee Titans reach deal


Hakeem Nicks will attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career in Nashville.


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Nicks agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Friday.

Nicks was one of the NFL's best wide receivers when he helped carry the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLVI, just three years ago.

Since then, however, a litany of lower-leg injuries have sapped his playmaking ability. Over the past three years, he has managed a meager seven touchdowns on 269 combined targets with the Giants and Colts.

If the Titans strain hard enough, they can see a sliver of hope for a career renaissance.

Nicks is still just 27 years old. Although he struggled to adjust to Pep Hamilton's offense early last season, we noted that he was making a couple of impressive plays per game on limited snaps in December.

That begs the obvious questions: Why didn't the Colts expand his role in the playoffs, replacing an injured and ineffective Reggie Wayne? As a veteran flier with upside, why didn't he garner more interest on the open market?

The answer is NFL teams lack faith in his ability to recapture his 2010-2011 form.

Nicks fills a need in Tennessee, as the Titans have a slew of question marks behind nominal No. 1 receiver Kendall Wright.

Enigmatic deep threat Justin Hunter has struggled with drops and physicality in two seasons. Newly signed slot receiver Harry Douglas has averaged just over one touchdown per season in his six-year career.

Barring a surprise, Nicks will compete with Hunter and Douglas for playing time in two- and three-wide receiver sets this season.

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