Philadelphia Sports Nation got to catch up with agent JR Rickert and ask him about the status of his client, Hakeem Nicks. JR Rickert is an agent who represents more than 100 professionals in the sports/entertainment business. He has negotiated over $300 million in contracts with his partner, Peter Schaffer. Thank you JR for giving us your time with this interview and answering these questions, which can only be found on PHLSportsNation.com:
How do you feel Nicks has played this season?
I believe that Hakeem has put up good numbers on a struggling team. The lack of passprotection has caused Eli to rush several throws which impacts the overall passing game.I know that Hakeem is working on being more consistent in making the routine catches as well as the more difficult ones.
What were scouts talking about when Nicks was drafted?
When Hakeem first came out of North Carolina, he was projected as a 3rd rounder. Scouts questioned his 40 speed. We sent him to train in Naples with Derek Touchette who got his 40 time down to a legitimate 4.4 at the Combine, which vaulted up into the 1st round.
How do you feel injuries have affected his free agency status?
Injuries are always a part of the game. You can’t look at it as a deterrent in a player’smarket value, unless the player is constantly suffering same recurring injury. There willbe some questions as to why Hakeem has dealt with injuries, but he is known as a verytough receiver with a high pain threshold. He hates sitting out and would rather playthrough the pain.
What makes Nicks such a special receiver?
What makes Hakeem such a special receiver is that his physical tools are unique. Hehas the largest hands that I have ever seen (6 XL glove size). He fights for the footballand uses his body well to make catches in tight coverage.
How do you feel the Giants current receiver situation is, and will it be welcoming for Nicks to return?
All of the Giants receivers get along very well on and off the field. They are veryand route for each other. They have good overall chemistry which is important for any receiving corps.
Have you had discussions with New York about a contract?
My partner Peter Schaffer and I have regular discussions with every team regardingall of our clients each and every week. We have a great relationship with the Giantsand the communication regarding Hakeem is always very positive.
What kind of money do you expect Nicks to get on the open market?
The receiver market has kind of exploded recently with Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Greg Jennings. Peter and I certainly believe that Hakeem is a top tier receiver in the league.
Has New York approached you with the possibility of them trading Nicks?
There have been no discussions at all about trading Hakeem.
Could you talk about Nicks’ potential in a new offense, and with a fresh start?
We really don’t think about him being on any other teams. We see him ending his career as a New York Giant!
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