Two years ago, the Buccaneers pilfered free-agent guard Carl Nicks from the Saints with a five-year, $47.5 million contract. Now, Nicks is a free agent again.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Bucs and Nicks have struck a deal to end his time in Tampa. Glazer calls the situation an “amicable settlement,” which implies that something other than an outright release happened.
It’s possible Nicks has given back some of the $25 million he has received for appearing in only nine games. It’s possible that the Bucs gave him a little more money to resolve any potential claims arising from the staph infection he contracted last year.
Either way, Nicks will be able to continue his career with another team, if/when he has fully recovered from last year’s illness.
Nicks was due to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014.
UPDATE 5:03 p.m. ET: The Buccaneers have announced the move, and Nicks’ comments create the impression that he will not be continuing his NFL career.