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Buccaneers reel in Carl Nicks for five years, $47.5 million

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers have reached an agreement with offensive guard Carl Nicks on a five-year, $47.5 million contract with $31 million guaranteed.

Assuming the numbers are accurate, Nicks has surpassed Logan Mankins as the NFL’s highest paid guard, both in terms of annual pay and guaranteed money. Nicks is getting $9.5 million a year. Mankins got $8.5 million annually with $30 million guaranteed.

Florio will have a more revealing post on Nicks’ contract in short order.

The Saints were concerned how Nicks would react if paid top dollar in free agency. Though they submitted a contract offer just before the signing period began, it wasn’t in the realm of the Buccaneers’ proposal.

Tampa Bay has now landed two of the top-ten players on the PFT Free Agent Hot 100.

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57 Responses to “Buccaneers reel in Carl Nicks for five years, $47.5 million”
  1. lgbarn says: Mar 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    This is better than Christmas for Bucs fans. We now need to concentrate on a middle LB and a Safety

  2. baddegg says: Mar 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    Buccaneers apparently being rewarded for spending under the cap in the uncapped year, in apparent violation of collusive practices.

  3. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    I was so hopeful coming into free agency and have not been let down at all. Major kudos to Dominik for not just spending the money, but spending wisely on positions of desperate need.

  4. dalfanforever says: Mar 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    Wow…they’re serious. Great pick up for sure.

  5. terraj35 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    Best o-line in football. Not up for debate

  6. bucsfan714 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    Bright Future for The BUCS!!!!

  7. buccaneer4ever says: Mar 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    Wow…we have an offense.

  8. braven4evr says: Mar 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    WOW!… Tampa Bay is going for it!

  9. shaner329 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:15 AM

    Well now that the Saints don’t have to worry about resigning him, there should be no excuse not to resign Brees long term.

  10. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 14, 2012 10:15 AM

    Good for the Bucs.
    Just make sure your backup QB doesnt proclaim this is a youngry Dream team.

  11. skinspop102 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    So the Bucs take advantage of the no cap floor and spend less than anyone during the non-cap year, and now are able to bring in the big free agents.

    Hey league, how does that not fit into your “future unfair competetive advantage” you slapped the Skins and Cowboys with for spending during the uncapped year?

  12. jlovelac says: Mar 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    It’s been so long since we’ve (Bucs fans in general) had anything to be happy about during the free agency that feeling as ecstatic as I do is a bit overwhelming. Props to the front office for focusing on areas of need and going hard after the guys they want. Time to cut Faine and pick up a new LB.

  13. ebeg420 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    Damn!!!

    I wanted Nicks in Philly!!!
    Good job Tampa…..Bucs and Panthers on the rise, Saints and Falcons on the DOWNFALL.

  14. We'reFineThere says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    how does Raheem Morris feel about these moves?

  15. bucfansouthtampa says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    Mark Dominik is a hero in Tampa. Im sure he was encourage by Schiano, Sheridan, etc on who to go after and actually sign. Think Tolbert is next, after he meets with the Chiefs. 2012 is looking to be good year for Buc Fans.

  16. brutus9448 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    someone is spending some money

  17. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    Honestly, I’m surprised that the Bucs are having success reeling in these big fish, given that no one seemed to respect their head coach just a few weeks ago. Have to give credit to the Glazers for *finally* spending some money. I hope they don’t try to pat themselves on the back too hard.

  18. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    Yup, also means Faine is almost certainly gone, freeing up another $6million or so in space. Go get some LBs!

  19. upyoursnfu says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    They still need a QB

  20. mataug says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    Enjoy it Tampa Bay. Very soon you will required to spend money every season rather than doing nothing for a while & then making all the major moves in one single off-season.

    Signed,
    Pissed off Redskins fan :)

    I assume that the Bucs are most likely picking a CB at #5 in the draft now. Talib(if not suspended), Wright and the LSU guy – well played Dominik, well played

  21. sabotage2u says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    BOOM! You sign a young All-Pro LG to bolster the line & you hurt a divisonal rival with the signing, tremendous pick up for my Bucs!

  22. ojordonez says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    Pfft over rated signing here. Justin Smith tossed this boy like a rag doll.

  23. swagjag says: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    Love the “Haters Gonna Hate” undershirt he wore for his team photo.

  24. We'reFineThere says: Mar 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    how do Arsenal fans feel about these moves?

  25. jmsincla says: Mar 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    All that money they saved in 2010 is creating an unfair competitive advantage for this year.

  26. mataug says: Mar 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    well they are at it, why not sign Scott Wells or Chris Myers since Faine was going to be cut ?

  27. notdoingwork says: Mar 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    Wow…. Maybe bucs can sell out a game so I can watch these guys!

  28. rcampore says: Mar 14, 2012 10:24 AM

    skinspop102 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    So the Bucs take advantage of the no cap floor and spend less than anyone during the non-cap year, and now are able to bring in the big free agents.

    Hey league, how does that not fit into your “future unfair competetive advantage” you slapped the Skins and Cowboys with for spending during the uncapped year?

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    It could also be the fact that under the new CBA agreement, teams are now required to spend 85% of their cap space….just saying.

  29. sj39 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    Man, your Buc’s are on the move Tampa fans. Good for you. I’ve always liked your team and town. Class act all the way around.

  30. slowclyde86 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    Same story, different team this year. When will fans learn what off-season championships are worth? When was the last team that made big off-season splashes successful once the games actually started? Enjoy the time now, Bucs fans.

  31. cynicalbengalsfan says: Mar 14, 2012 10:26 AM

    Apparently Tampa Bay didn’t get them memo that Championships cannot be purchased through Free Agency. I guess the 2011-12 Eagles weren’t a good enough example.

  32. jhumbe says: Mar 14, 2012 10:26 AM

    $47M for a guard? I am sure he will improve their team but at what cost? If I am spending that kind of money, I want someone playing an impact position.

  33. blackfoot11 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Philly can send the “Off-Season Champs” trophy down to Tampa this year. Bucs need to learn from other teams that tried to win the off-season in hopes of it translating onto the field. Tieing up alot of salary in a few high prices talents is a big risk. Hope you are sucessful Bucs fans.

  34. kevpft says: Mar 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    They’re getting some good players, but I can’t shake the feeling that they’re still going to have a hard time getting out of last place in the division.

    Who knows, maybe the Saints won’t recover, the Panthers won’t fulfill their potential, the Falcons will drop off… looks like a heck of a division race.

    Every NFC division should be tighter and more interesting this year.

  35. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 14, 2012 10:30 AM

    I wanted the saints to keep him but not for that much.

  36. buccaneer4ever says: Mar 14, 2012 10:30 AM

    Apparently Tampa Bay didn’t get them memo that Championships cannot be purchased through Free Agency. I guess the 2011-12 Eagles weren’t a good enough example.

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    Like when the Bucs got Jurevicious, Rice, Keshawn, Brad Johnson and McCardell?

  37. sledgehorn says: Mar 14, 2012 10:31 AM

    Look at his shirt in the picture.
    You can see the word HATERS through it.
    He probably should have thought that one out better…

  38. kevpft says: Mar 14, 2012 10:33 AM

    Thumbs up if you want the old creamsicle uniforms back (I do). Thumbs down if you like the current unis (which I think have the worst color scheme in the history of the NFL).

    I don’t expect much support on this one, but it’s all in fun. Though I would like those old unis back. They had character.

  39. drthomasemurray says: Mar 14, 2012 10:34 AM

    Mark Dominick will never be a Hero in Tampa. He’s the guy who cut Derrick Brooks without the courtesy of a phone call.

  40. pacodawg says: Mar 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    You can’t BUY a winner, unless your the Yankees.

  41. dvdman123 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:36 AM

    The Bucs should have spent that money on a FA QB like Manning unless Nicks can play QB. Lineman are just not worth that kind of money…..kudos to the Saints for not overpaying.

  42. conormacleod says: Mar 14, 2012 10:37 AM

    WAY too much for the position. You guys should have saved a few bucks, moved up in the draft, and gotten yourselves a franchise QB. But, I guess you can still move up to #3 and get WR Blackmon for a huge impact.

  43. broncobeta says: Mar 14, 2012 10:38 AM

    terraj35 says:

    Best o-line in football. Not up for debate
    ——————————————

    Season hasn’t even started.

    This team hasn’t been the playoffs since Chris Simms was the starter.

    Chemistry is a huge part of the offensive line.

    Not up for debate? Please.

  44. rc33 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:38 AM

    Absurd money for a non-premium position.

    At least N.E. was a championship contender when they paid Mankins. From their standpoint, with many of their other issues addressed and an older QB with limited mobility, it was a justifiable allocation of money.
    Tampa is putting a ton of money into the Guard position. And at that, only one of the two starters. Problem being the Bucs still have a slew of other notable holes still left to fill, including Left Tackle. Nicks is clearly being paid LT money.

  45. bucforever says: Mar 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    Now that’s what I’m talking about!! We hurt the Saints and helped our offense . Great job. Get some more!!

  46. mullman7675 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:13 AM

    Bucs are serious- good for them.

  47. pr224 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    I give Nicks one year before he realizes he isn’t playing for a championship, and then he’ll balloon up and we’re stuck with a $9.5MM/year distraction.

    Overpaying for non-premium position doesn’t get you a ring. It puts you in a whole the next season(s).

    The Saints aren’t weaker for losing him. They are now able to address the real area of need- DEFENSE. That offense will still put up 30+ without a $9.5MM guard!

    All this from a Tampa fan…

  48. villa41 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    $47M for a guard? I am sure he will improve their team but at what cost? If I am spending that kind of money, I want someone playing an impact position.

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    Sorry, football is still a game of blocking and tacling at its core. That will never change, although I know some people are trying hard. Any line position is an impact position. Look who wins the Super Bowl, or even get there, every year. Once thing you can count on is these teams keep their QB’s upright, ruch the passer, and run and stop the run when they have to. And it all starts on the O and D lines, folks.

  49. bucs1905 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    I have to laugh at the guy who thinks the Bucs need a LT, Penn is signed and is doing pretty well. If anything they need a RT, but that can come from the draft.

    Also how isn’t the O-line important? It protects your QB and helps your RB. So I would say it’s one of the most important things on the field. They didn’t over pay either.

    To the guys who say we need to trade up for a QB, you are the dumbest here.

  50. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    the bucs aren’t playin around! there serious about gettin better now fix your linebacker problems and get a safety and we’ll talk xD

  51. whodeyben says: Mar 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    Let’s hope he gives some of that jack to Nebraska.

  52. ruggyup says: Mar 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    No, you can’t buy success but, you can put some fans back in the stands! At least for the first 4 or 5 games and then ……… we’ll see.

  53. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    Well no more excuses for josh freeman. Williams, Jackson, and winslow to throw to. A couple pro bowlers on the o line. Time for the offense to produce.

  54. legacybroken says: Mar 14, 2012 11:50 AM

    To those who are criticizing the Bucs for the move, ask Drew Brees how nice it was to have Nicks at LG. Combined with Joseph, the Bucs now have the leagues best Guard Tandem and Nicks and Penn will lock down Freeman’s blindside as he lobs bombs downfield to VJax.

  55. chrisdacommish says: Mar 14, 2012 11:55 AM

    The part i like is that the Bucs will get a few extra weeks in TC and off season drills being they have a new coach, teaching a new system…. Something that severely hampered the team last year…

  56. granadafan says: Mar 14, 2012 12:29 PM

    With the way the Saints are treating one of the best QBs in the league, no wonder Nicks left New Orleans. If Brees, for all he’s done for the team, the owners, and the city, is being treated like crap by the owners then other players are taking notice and bailing on the Saints.

  57. dcbraun1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:37 PM

    Add Trent Richardson to this team now and you’ll be a contender for years. It hurts being a Cincinnatian watching what we could have been doing with our cap space.. I can’t wait to move out of this city.

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