Charlotte native and new Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said the Carolina Panthers made him an offer, but the two sides agreed it wasn’t the right situation.
In a conference call with reporters Saturday morning, Nicks said the Panthers made him an offer but did not give financial details.
“Yeah they made an offer when I talked to (Panthers general manager) Dave Gettleman,” Nicks said. “But you know it just didn’t pan out the right way. I feel like this is the best fit for me.”
Nicks, a former Independence and UNC standout, spent five seasons with the Giants, and four of those were with Gettleman, who was in the Giants pro personnel department. Nicks ultimately signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with a reported $2 million in incentives.
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Asked what led him away from Charlotte and to Indianapolis, Nicks said it was “the situation.”
“After talking to Gettleman I think he agreed that this was the best situation for me too even though they made the offer,” Nicks said. “Like I said I feel like I made the best decision and I’m ready to make the best of it.”
Nicks said he believes he’s the missing piece to the Colts’ puzzle in an attempt to reach the Super Bowl next season.
The Panthers released 13-year veteran receiver Steve Smith on Thursday and have seen No. 3 receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and No. 4 receiver Domenik Hixon sign with the Cardinals and Bears, respectively. No receiver currently on Carolina's roster had a catch last season.