Over the last 12 hours rumors have circulated of a potential trade that would send Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks to the Lions for running back Mikel Leshoure and a third-round pick.

Those rumors we’re told are unfounded.

On the surface it would make sense for the Lions to move Leshoure a second-round pick in 2011 who hasn’t done much in two-plus seasons. With Reggie Bush and Joique Bell playing well Leshoure has become the odd man out.

The Lions also need help at receiver after Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident.

But with everyone in New York on notice after the Giants failed to make it to the playoffs three times in four years it makes no sense to trade Nicks. Even if they’ve decided to let him walk away via free agency they need him if they’re going to turn around an 0-3 start. Otherwise plenty of people could get fired.