And that's why he is still worth bringing in. This kind of WR is exactly what Cam needs... a security blanket. A guy he can throw it to and trust he'll be the one to come down with it. Smitty has been that guy but he's not the same "jump ball" guy he was in his prime. Cam needs a guy with a wide catch radius like Nicks.
Also, you might want to look at the year Eli had before writing Nicks off for his subpar season.
I am not writing him off, per se, I am questioning whether it will be worth paying to bring him to Charlotte at the expense of some young talent who may be able to bring the same skill set and production that Nicks has since he has been in the NFL. I am not solely basing my thoughts on Nicks based upon this one season. Personally, I am more interested in Brandon Coleman, Jaelen Strong, Devin Street, and Donte Moncrief (among others). Not saying that I wouldn't take Nicks if he is willing to be reasonable (i.e., if he wants a salary that is commensurate with his real-life production, and not based on his imagination). He wants to get paid (surprise, surprise). I will give him credit though, because he realizes he hasn't necessarily proved that he deserves that big pay day, and is willing to prove himself in the coming year. The thing is though, many of the prospective 2014 draftees at WR with their size (many of which are bigger than Nicks) and skills are looking more enticing than Nicks right now.