According to Jason Cole of the National Football Post, Nicks is still dealing with pain in his foot from this year’s recurring MRSA infection, and there’s doubt as to whether he’ll be able to play next year.
Of course, there are also reasons beyond his problematic foot that could mean his future in Tampa Bay is limited.
He’s scheduled to make $7 million next year, as part of the five-year, $47.5 million deal he signed in 2012. For that deal, the Bucs got nine games from Nicks.
With a new coach in place and a new General Manager on the way, they might not be as interested in pursuing the project.
Of course, the bad luck with Nicks also underscores why they’re looking for a new G.M.
The former Saints guard was part of the big free agency splash which included now-49ers cornerback Eric Wright (who they got 10 games out of after signing him to a five-year, $35 million deal). Wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been a good addition, but the Bucs might be ready to turn the page on the previous administration’s problems.