Report: Offensive Guard Carl Nicks Signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to make the biggest splash in free agency. Just one day after signing wide receiver Vincent Jackson and active pursuit of linebacker Curtis Lofton, the Bucs have made former Saints guard Carl Nicks the highest paid guard in the league, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The five-year deal worth $47.5 million includes $31 million in guaranteed money. Nicks, drafted out of the University of Nebraska by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, has earned two Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections and was a member of the 2009 Super Bowl champion Saints team. Pro Football Focus graded Nicks as the #2 guard in the league behind Philadelphia’s Evan Mathis, and at only 26-years old is worth the investment by the Bucs. Nicks will provide a valuable cog in improving the Bucs 21st ranked offense (30th rush, 16th pass), and with the addition of Jackson, will significantly upgrade the Bucs team for the 2012 season.