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Carl Nicks, Buccaneers part ways

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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.

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54 Responses to “Carl Nicks, Buccaneers part ways”
  1. ajgreenhof says: Jul 25, 2014 5:03 PM

    Free agency is overrated. Teams that win consistently draft and develop their own players

  2. bunjy96 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:04 PM

    About time. He milked it for all he could get.

  3. iberiasaint says: Jul 25, 2014 5:05 PM

    He knows where he flourished and may return soon minus the bacteria. lol

  4. shrike3000 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    Such a sad situation. He was on a HOF career path with New Orleans.

  5. rodvmunchiii says: Jul 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    So I wonder why TB cut Joseph then? He didn’t have a great year last year, but he was coming off injury and before that was a Pro Bowl level player. Now we got a bunch of scrubs at G. Not good.

  6. cannonballdookie says: Jul 25, 2014 5:08 PM

    Shades of Lecharles Bentley.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 25, 2014 5:09 PM

    How can Bucs fans consider the Nicks deal anything other than a free agency disaster? NFL Teams learn from it and build through the draft.

  8. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    RAIDERS!!!!!!! Sign this guy Reggie

  9. dino2997 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    ajgreenhof says:
    Jul 25, 2014 5:03 PM
    Free agency is overrated. Teams that win consistently draft and develop their own players

    ————————————————-

    Not true. Do the Seahawks win the super bowl last season without Michael Bennett or Cliff Avril or the trade that was made for Percy Harvin?

    Good teams augment free agency to fill in key spots where their team is lacking.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    The point to take away here: Don’t go to Tampa if you’re a rising star.

    Nicks
    Revis
    Jackson

  11. deepseabreeze says: Jul 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    Raiders

  12. abninf says: Jul 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    25 million for nine games? How can that be a “sad” situation for him? He straight up robbed Tampa.

  13. rodvmunchiii says: Jul 25, 2014 5:14 PM

    The original contract wasn’t a bad deal for the Bucs, getting perhaps the best G in the game. However he got injured, then injured again. It happens.

    As for those saying build through the draft, the Bucs have mainly attempted to do that. However remember that it was only a few years ago that picking a bad 1st rounder could cost you a lot more than this is costing Tampa.

  14. afcdomination says: Jul 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    do they win the SB without harvin? yes.

  15. shrike3000 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    abninf says:
    Jul 25, 2014 5:13 PM
    25 million for nine games? How can that be a “sad” situation for him? He straight up robbed Tampa.
    ====================
    You honestly think this is how Nicks wanted his time in Tampa to go down? His career was ruined by an infection from their locker room.

  16. bucsorbust says: Jul 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    The buzz in Tampa today is he will always have foot/toe/nerve damage, and while’s technically a free agent, his football career is likely over. MRSA treatment is worse than chemo in many ways, but necessary to get rid of the bacteria that is MRSA. Wishing Carl best of luck in hopes he can return. He had only half a healthy season with the Bucs, but really made a difference in the O line. Next man up…the Bucs were preparing to go without him anyway.

  17. noleitup says: Jul 25, 2014 5:23 PM

    Sean Payton is sitting at his desk right now looking like Mr. Burns. “Excellent”

  18. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 25, 2014 5:23 PM

    dino2997 says:
    Jul 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    Not true. Do the Seahawks win the super bowl last season without Michael Bennett or Cliff Avril or the trade that was made for Percy Harvin?

    Good teams augment free agency to fill in key spots where their team is lacking.
    ——————————-

    Seattle wins 3 games last year without Wilson, Okung, Thomas, Chancellor & Sherman.

  19. bucsorbust says: Jul 25, 2014 5:24 PM

    @rodvmunchiii…spot-on comments. MRSA hits a team only about every few years, and it’s like a real fluke. The good news is it looks like the Bucs got some cap space so can still pick up a veteran somewhere, even though they’ve been thinking about the guard situation should Nicks not make it back.

  20. bcetour says: Jul 25, 2014 5:24 PM

    Next domino to fall as a result of savings from Nicks’ agreed – to lower payout (vs. his contract): Gerald McCoy extension.

    Watch for it.

  21. blacknole08 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:26 PM

    Panthers need to sign this guy. Then he can get his revenge on the Saints and Bucs 4 times a year.

  22. realfootballfan says: Jul 25, 2014 5:28 PM

    Sad that a FA move essentially ended his career because the Bucs had a nasty work environment. LeCharles Bently all over again.

  23. mdd913 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:32 PM

    If you are a young, rising offensive lineman, do not leave the Saints in free agency. Turley, Holland, Bentley, and now Nicks. Jonathan Goodwin was spared, but that’s only because we knew he’d come back someday.

  24. bcajun says: Jul 25, 2014 5:32 PM

    Hey Carl thats what you get for jumping ship for high dollars TRAITOR….now go to the raiders…where all vets carrers go to die bwahahahaha

  25. milkmandanimal says: Jul 25, 2014 5:36 PM

    The Bucs dropped a huge chunk of cash on Carl Nicks, Eric Wright, and Vincent Jackson a few years back.

    Uh, one of those worked out really well.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2014 5:38 PM

    I can’t imagine he gave money back. The Bucs hazardous work environment ended his career…

    I think players can come to terms when their career is ended by an injury on the field, but a Staph infection from a dirty locker room. Bad way to go out….

  27. danno1212 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:39 PM

    Sounds like the good old days with Lovie. No name offensive line that gets the QB killed. Good luck Josh!

  28. joefelicelli says: Jul 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    danno1212 says:
    Jul 25, 2014 5:39 PM
    Sounds like the good old days with Lovie. No name offensive line that gets the QB killed. Good luck Josh!
    ——————————————————–
    I was thinking the same thing. Lovie never did understand that you only get the best out of your QB when he is upright and able to work through his progressions. McCown was so successful with Trestman because he starts with protection, and works everything else from that. Tedford traditionally has not taken that approach, so a patchwork OL will not make it better.

  29. berrianthehatchet says: Jul 25, 2014 5:55 PM

    How can people say he robbed the Bucs? THEY robbed HIM of his career. He should get every penny of that contract to avoid him from suing the Bucs to no end.

  30. mrlaloosh says: Jul 25, 2014 5:56 PM

    Hope Josh McCown has some mobility. The Bucs will regain their rightful place in the NFC South. Dead last. Barely ahead of the pitiful Atlanta Falcons.

  31. mousetrap08 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    BUFFALO!

  32. kennytarpon says: Jul 25, 2014 6:14 PM

    Hello Miami

  33. atrain413 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:18 PM

    Dirty conditions in the locker room caused this. They took his career away from him, and I bet he walked with millions. Think what he could get in a lawsuit……….

    Too bad, great player before he got to tampa. Sounds like another name added to a long line of players that happened to. All good until they got to tampa, or left tampa. Be greatful for the sapp/brooks/lynch years, it’s gonna be a long time before we see that again.

    -Bucs fan

  34. markflipped says: Jul 25, 2014 6:24 PM

    What the writer failed to tell all you people out there is that big Carl is retiring due to his turf toe that he got prior to last season. It’s not due to the MRSA he contracted. He’s had several surgeries on the toe BECAUSE of the turf toe you knuckleheads. Carl Nicks is done. He’s retired now. He won’t sign with you favorite team, he’s retired from football for life. His foot won’t ever get better for the rest of his life, playing or not. Get a clue people.

    Also Jackson, Revis and Nicks were not exactly “rising stars” like some idiot suggested earlier. They have been in the league for awhile. Revis came to TB coming off a major injury, Nicks got turf toe, Jackson has been stellar, putting up career numbers with TB. I know it’s not your team and all so I don’t expect you to know, but try not to talk out of your a**.

  35. thegregwitul says: Jul 25, 2014 6:45 PM

    Markflipped is on the money, a lot of ignorant commentators posting nonsense when intelligent informed people know that the turf toe suffered by Nicks is what did him in.

    Turf toe is a career changer and stays with you for the rest of your life. Look at Deion Sanders, he still walks with a slight limp due to the turf toe injury he suffered all those years ago.

  36. evilglazers666 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:55 PM

    Que the lawsuit

  37. turbo2728 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:02 PM

    It wasn’t a bad decision to sign Nicks in the first place. Arguably the best Guard in football, in his prime, and with no injury history.

    It’s just bad luck.

    Hope he recovers.

  38. realfootballfan says: Jul 25, 2014 7:15 PM

    mdd913,

    But you overlooked the most glaring one that doesn’t fit that mold. Willie “Hall of Famer” Roaf.

  39. computojon says: Jul 25, 2014 7:36 PM

    My goodness! You mean… a $47.5M contract that was headlined in the press turned into an “amicable settlement”? What happened to the $47.5M? Wow! Another NFL team scores big on the PR front. #NFLscam

  40. bassplucker says: Jul 25, 2014 7:39 PM

    I called this right on this board, yesterday. He’s not just done with the Bucs… He’s done, period. Which is a real shame cause he was a beast in his prime.

  41. mdd913 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:59 PM

    realfootballfan says: Jul 25, 2014 7:15 PM

    mdd913,

    But you overlooked the most glaring one that doesn’t fit that mold. Willie “Hall of Famer” Roaf.

    —————————————————————

    Roaf wasn’t young at that point, and he had already established himself as being pretty much a Hall-of-Famer by then.

  42. markflipped says: Jul 25, 2014 8:05 PM

    @thegregwitful…tell everyone at JoeBucs I said hi. It’s Buc1987. Well formerly. I told Joe off and left for good.

  43. tampamac says: Jul 25, 2014 8:26 PM

    Markflipped,
    I was wondering where you’d been on JBF.. Good to see you.
    As far as the MRSA, the Bucs have a top notch facility. I believe Tynes was the carrier as it didn’t appear until he showed up last year rehabbing from surgery and his was much worse than anyone’s. Hell, Johnthan Banks played through the infection. But the sensible posters here are correct. The turf toe is what Nicks’ true injury was. Someone mentioned Deion Sanders and Shaquille O’Neal was also effectively done once he developed it. It sounds mundane but they cat bear weight on it. Even before the MRSA, Nicks himself said he’d never be 100% and would always have pain due to it. It’s unfortunate. The only way you can call it a bad signing was if the Bucs’ medical staff misdiagnosed the severity of it before the contract was inked.

  44. newtoallthis23 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:15 PM

    Disappointed! What happen to what was a highly touted offensive line two years ago?

  45. labucs says: Jul 25, 2014 11:13 PM

    good luck Carl. It would have been nice to get you back for this season with Lovie.

  46. bcajun says: Jul 25, 2014 11:32 PM

    Willie Roaf

  47. kepickle says: Jul 26, 2014 4:37 AM

    the best team that reach the playoffs each yr aren’t major players in FA each yr
    & in the current NFL it is cap freindly to build a great team thru the Draft IF you hire a good scouting staff & your coachs can teach young players

  48. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 6:41 AM

    Carl Nicks had a serious toe injury (for a 320 lb o-lineman, that’s as bad as a torn ACL), and it is what put him in IR for 2012. The problem is MRSA attacks injuries like that, and like it or not, MRSA is everywhere. So the MRSA put him on the NFI list in 2013. The issue came down two separate issues affecting the same area. I had thought before both the Bucs and Carl would want to sort out which one caused the other–basically a medical/legal debate. Glad they settled it–Bucs get back some cap space, and Carl gets some compensation. I doubt he’ll ever play again. Great team member for short time the Bucs had him; really made a difference.

  49. tjbucs says: Jul 26, 2014 12:05 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me in the least. Same old Bucs Luck as always. Wright the Cornerback was another example of free agent fiascos for this team. They have had a lot of these situations throughout the years. Offensive line is now definitely a major concern this year. There will probably be a few serviceable Offensive Linemen after final cuts. Licht is probably scouring the league right now looking for someone to help. It is too bad because he was one hell of an Offensive Lineman. Lovie and Licht will right the ship.

  50. purpleguy says: Jul 26, 2014 12:47 PM

    I’d bet a bunch of dough that the Bucs were on the paying end of things given the MRSA suffered by Nicks and other players. This guy didn’t milk a thing — the Bucs refused to fess up to their fault in providing a safe working environment.

  51. tictoccpthook says: Jul 26, 2014 1:28 PM

    Good for Nicks and the Buc’s . Hopefully he is fully recovered, and back to his former strength. Hopefully the NFL locker rooms are clean and safe for players who are bruised and tired after a hard days work.

  52. ibdray says: Jul 28, 2014 11:03 AM

    Building through the draft is a must but to say FA and trades don’t make a championship team is foolish. Look at all the top tier teams and you’ll see that they’ve been heavy players in other teams players, difference is they’re smart about it. Let’s not forget that Lynch didn’t start his career in Seattle either.

  53. skippynj says: Jul 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    tampa is nasty. clean up your locker room you pigs.

  54. kctrain33 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:17 AM

    I won’t be shocked at all if the saints bring him back. They will get a bargain buy with him at this point.

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