Free-agent profile: WR Hakeem Nicks

From now until March 11, the start of the league year, we'll profile potential free agents that figure to be on the New York Jets' radar:

Player: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

Position: Wide receiver

Stats: Caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns. Despite the disappointing totals, he averaged 16.0 yards per reception, tied for 10th in the NFL. On the downside, he dropped seven passes. He played in 833 offensive snaps (81.2 percent), more than fellow receiver Victor Cruz. No player in the league caught more passes without a touchdown.

Salary: $2.675 million.

Sign him up: Some teams will look past his poor 2013 production and see the big picture: He's only 26 years old, already has two 1,000-yard seasons and still has the ability to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver when healthy and motivated. The Jets have an obvious need at the position. Nicks has a need, too -- the desire to show teams he's better than the receiver that was blamed for so many of the Giants' offensive problems last season. A free agent with a chip on his shoulder can be worth more than his price tag. Nicks is too risky for a long-term deal, but he could thrive on a short-term, prove-it contract.

Reasons to stay away: Knee issues aside, there were times last season when Nicks didn't seem motivated. That should raise a red flag. What kind of player, in a contract year, slacks off? The whole story probably isn't known, but it has to give teams pause before pursuing him. After four seasons of Santonio Holmes, the Jets should be leery of divas at the wide-receiver position.