The “voluntary’’ portion of the Giants offseason workouts ends Friday with the final organized team activity practice. Next week, starting Tuesday, the Giants have a three-day mini-camp that concludes their offseason work and the camp is very much not voluntary.
Translation: A player gets fined for missing any part of the three-day camp, meaning if receiver Hakeem Nicks stays away it will cost him. It he misses the entire mini-camp, Nicks would lose more than $65,000.
“We have a mandatory camp … I would expect he would be here,’’ Tom Coughlin said Thursday after practice, another workout without Nicks on the scene.
That same expectation is not assigned to the other starting receiver, Victor Cruz. Nicks is entering the final year of his contract while Cruz ‘deal is up and he’s yet to sign his one-year tender. Cruz is seeking a long-term deal and, despite signs pointing to an agreement, no new contract is in place. That’s why Coughlin said “I think Cruz is in a different category’’ when asked about Cruz’s attendance at next week’s mini-camp. Cruz cannot be fined for missing the mandatory camp.
Nicks participated in the offseason program but was a no-show as soon at the OTAs began. Nicks, coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, was not going to be participating much during the OTAs and it is believed Nicks stayed away to avoid putting stress on his knee. A year ago, Nicks broke his right foot in an OTA practice, an injury that led to an injury-riddled 2012 season.
Coughlin said he expects to meet with Nicks next week to clear the air. Coughlin maintains Nicks told him he would attend the OTAs and remains miffed that Nicks reneged on that promise.