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Report: Carl Nicks “expected to leave” New Orleans in free agency

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is lifted by guard Carl Nicks in New Orleans Reuters

Drew Brees is a free agent, but we know he’s not going anywhere this offseason.

So the Saints essentially have two options. They can strike a deal quickly with Brees or they can place the franchise tag on him to retain his rights while continuing to work on a long-term deal, like the Colts did with Peyton Manning last year.

Option No. 2 includes a hidden cost. The Saints won’t have the option to use their franchise tag elsewhere, and they have at least two other great candidates.

Guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston are both headed for free agency. Florio has explained previously Colston won’t take a hometown discount.

Nicks will be especially difficult to keep on a long-term deal because the Saints have already paid huge money for Jahri Evans and Nicks is viewed as one of the very best guards in football. Retaining Nicks on a one-year deal would be ideal, but it won’t be possible unless Brees’ contract is worked out quickly.

Nicks is “expected to leave” town, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This gives Brees greater leverage in negotiations, but it also puts him in a tricky spot. The Saints can’t handle their other important free agent business and build the best team around Brees until they get his contract done.

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44 Responses to “Report: Carl Nicks “expected to leave” New Orleans in free agency”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 15, 2012 11:47 AM

    Not being able to use the franchise tag on anybody if Brees gets it really isn’t a hidden cost…

    That being said I would love to see Jahri Evans leave and wind up in A-town which is completely possible.

  2. steelerchicken says: Jan 15, 2012 11:48 AM

    I do not know why I even read this site! Everything is always from the 4-letter network

  3. mvpolamalu says: Jan 15, 2012 11:49 AM

    I know they would never do it, but The steelers could reeeeaaaalllly use him

  4. anrgydeafman says: Jan 15, 2012 11:55 AM

    “The Kansas City Chiefs has signed Carl Nicks to long term contract”

    Pioli: get it done!

  5. cowboysfan18 says: Jan 15, 2012 11:59 AM

    He would be a good fit for a bad line in Dallas.

  6. dgbk says: Jan 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    dallas should sign nicks they need him he will be an improvement even whether they put him at guard or db

  7. woodyg says: Jan 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    Let the purge begin …… It’s unfortunate that the Saints were unable to at least play in another SB before their window closed ……. With Brees pushing his mid-thirties & too many cap issues in the near future, it may be awhile before the Saints are thinking SB again …… In fact, hopefully Saints’ Fans have kept their brown paper bags …. They will once again need them ……

  8. boyshole25 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:08 PM

    come to washington you big bastard!

  9. schmitty2 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:12 PM

    Considering he could possibly lose one of his top protectors and WR’s Brees might want to think about getting his deal done ASAP

  10. waltdawg says: Jan 15, 2012 12:13 PM

    Hello Redskins….! Heck, we will take their entire line…Just not the one we have, Sorry Jamal…You’re never healthy!

  11. baous says: Jan 15, 2012 12:14 PM

    Awesome. I hope my Vikings get him. Saints are REALLY gonna miss both Nicks & Colston.

  12. rajbais says: Jan 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    He and Gregg Williams possibly???

  13. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    They should have gotten his deal done during the season.

  14. rajbais says: Jan 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    If both he and Gregg Williams leave that will be sad!!!

  15. hamcamnewton says: Jan 15, 2012 12:19 PM

    if he does leave, I hope its to Carolina…

  16. playmaker21 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:23 PM

    Brees, Nicks, and Colston aren’t the only UFA’s of concern for the Saints. WR’s Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson are also UFA’s. The team may opt to release Jonathan Vilma. Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams is likely to leave and join the Rams. And O-Line Coach Aaron Coster is interviewing for Head Coaching Jobs across the league. Not to mention the Saints WR Coach has taken the Tulane University Head Coach Job.

    The Saints loss at San Francisco Saturday might be the end of an era in New Orleans with this current group of Saints

  17. jbcommonsense says: Jan 15, 2012 12:25 PM

    If Nicks becomes available, the Redskins better pick him up. They need an interior lineman pretty badly. HTTR!

  18. vonmiller58 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:26 PM

    Hope the Browns make a run at this guy! Would be a huge upgrade on their line.

  19. 2sausage11 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:29 PM

    brees should retire can’t win playoff road games

  20. java49 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:31 PM

    In the words of the great Deion Sanders….CAM! whoooooa CAM! HAAAHAA… Cams going to smash that division for years to come guys.. These guys are smart to leave town any damn way

  21. antmings says: Jan 15, 2012 12:33 PM

    he will be a cowboy…

  22. blue18hutthutt says: Jan 15, 2012 12:42 PM

    Poor Brees won’t have 5 seconds to throw every dropback anymore

  23. frankrizzo51 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:47 PM

    C-H-I-C-A-G-O. No more Angelo. You may proceed FORWARD.

  24. fittytuckin says: Jan 15, 2012 12:50 PM

    Colston is a #2 slash slot receiver at best. Watch some team foolishly pay him #1 receiver money.

  25. hscorpio says: Jan 15, 2012 12:52 PM

    Welcome to the offseason, New Orleans.

  26. jenniferxxx says: Jan 15, 2012 12:57 PM

    Show of hands … who’s sick and tired of this routine? Every free agent in football is ‘expected to leave’ … unless of course he gets a good contract.

    I wish they’d just man-up and say it’s about the money.

  27. lilrob10201 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:57 PM

    Knowing Jerry Jones he will throw a fat contract at him.

  28. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:03 PM

    I would not franchise Colston. Brees can make any WR look good. I hope they try to sign him but there is no way I would give him top 5 WR money. I dont see how you let Nicks leave. Its extremely difficult to replace a talented Guard. When you have a Hall of Fame quarterback common sense tells you to continue to keep him protected. The offensive line was not why they lost that game. Brees had time to make big play after big play against an extremely talented defense

    This offense works great when you give Brees time to throw the ball. You dont need to franchise Brees, you just need to give him top 3 QB money and stop screwing around. The fact that they couldnt get the guy signed during the season when he is clearly the key to this team is silly

  29. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    the three most important things to Brees are
    (1) money (2) money (3) money……….

  30. redfalcondirrtybird says: Jan 15, 2012 1:23 PM

    Falcons GET IT DONE

  31. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    please come to Minny… add him and Kalil in the draft

  32. shadow1018 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:47 PM

    All you brain surgeons that predict the Saints will get rid of all these free agents haven’t been paying attention to the way this front office has been working for the past several years. They’ll figure a way to keep the best players they can. Don’t blame the Saints because “your teams” front office doesn’t know what their doing!!!!

  33. captamerica17 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:31 PM

    Welcome to Big D, Carl!

  34. ajw4277 says: Jan 15, 2012 2:40 PM

    Saints need to get sum Defense. Keep everybody on offense and get rid of the whole defense. Make Vilma the defensive coordinator and fire Greg Williams. Who sends a 7 man blitz at the end of the game and you are winning. Even I know you at least play zone to stop the big play. That was a big piss off for Louisiana but we will be hosting and appearing in SB next year. Holla

  35. tmtz2112 says: Jan 15, 2012 4:02 PM

    Too bad for the Saints and their bi polar fan base Drew Brees can’t stay 32 forever, Carl Nicks is a beast and will be coveted by pretty much every team, the real question the Saints need to address is who dat? who dat? who dat thats gonna be our quarterback once brees is gone? (3 more years max)

  36. 504in860 says: Jan 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    tmtz2112 says:
    Jan 15, 2012 4:02 PM
    Too bad for the Saints and their bi polar fan base Drew Brees can’t stay 32 forever, Carl Nicks is a beast and will be coveted by pretty much every team, the real question the Saints need to address is who dat? who dat? who dat thats gonna be our quarterback once brees is gone? (3 more years max)
    ————————————————

    Yeah, he can’t stay 32 forever…because he’s 33.

  37. 504in860 says: Jan 15, 2012 4:17 PM

    playmaker21 says:
    Jan 15, 2012 12:23 PM
    Brees, Nicks, and Colston aren’t the only UFA’s of concern for the Saints. WR’s Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson are also UFA’s. The team may opt to release Jonathan Vilma. Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams is likely to leave and join the Rams. And O-Line Coach Aaron Coster is interviewing for Head Coaching Jobs across the league. Not to mention the Saints WR Coach has taken the Tulane University Head Coach Job.
    ————————————————

    Who the heck is Aaron Coster??? Jeez…amateur internet analysts kill me.

  38. 504in860 says: Jan 15, 2012 4:49 PM

    I’m getting tired of hearing about Brees age though. Tom Brady is older, yet you don’t hear people talking about his age.

  39. normcfh says: Jan 15, 2012 4:51 PM

    The Saints better make retaining Nicks their #1 priority this offseason (not counting the obvious of Brees). That offense will be dangerous as long as Brees is comfortable in the pocket, no matter who their wide receivers are.

  40. saints25 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    Colston dropped another TD yesterday,HE’S NOT A #1 WR…Suppose to be Meachum? But he’s a bust,see ya..we sign Brees an Nicks,an Bring Reggie Wayne back to NOLA

  41. mac3333 says: Jan 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    Cincinnati needs a LG desperately. They have a young upcoming team with 2 #1 picks, a rookie Pro Bowl alternate QB and a Pro Bowl Rookie WR. And Cincy has more cap money than just about anyone.

    Historically this wouldn’t be an option. But I think the stain of Brown is being lifted somewhat from the franchise. A forward thinking player like Nicks could get a maximum contract & the opportunity to play for a team on the rise.

  42. whodatnhollywood says: Jan 16, 2012 12:03 PM

    There’s no way the Saints will let Drew Brees leave. He’s the face of the franchise and will get a contract done.

    They should definitely work out a long-term deal for Carl Nicks too. And as much as I like Colston, he’s not a franchise-pay receiver. The Saints should offer him a nice upgrade, but if he leaves, Vincent Jackson of the Chargers is free to bounce and follow the trails of discarded Chargers to N.O. like Brees and Sproles.

    We need to get younger at linebacker, especially where Shanle plays. He was constantly burned all season-long! If we can get tougher and faster at OLB via the draft and/or free agency, we’ll be right back.

    Gregg Willilams did an amazing job for these past few years! Now if the Saints get Spagnoula in as his replacement, we’ll be just fine.

  43. nowillrepeat says: Jan 16, 2012 12:34 PM

    Colston is replaceable.

    Brees and Nicks are not.

  44. peterboy1 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:47 AM

    I say we sighn Brees and Nicks and let Colston leave. We have Andre Arrington to replae Colston. Then we take a shot at Kellen Moore in the 7th round if he is there to see if he can develop into the future QB. If we need a receiver to replace Meachem we can get somebody in the draft or free agency.

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