Bucs sign Kip Edwards, officially cut Carl Nicks


The Buccaneers and guard Carl Nicks struck a deal last week to bring Nicks’s time with the Buccaneers to a premature end after a toe injury and subsequent MRSA infection left him unable to play for most of his two years in Tampa.

That parting of the ways became official on Wednesday when the Bucs announced that they have released Nicks, who has indicated that he will not attempt to continue his playing career with another team. The terms of the deal he struck with Tampa before his departure have not been made public.

The Buccaneers signed cornerback Kip Edwards to take Nicks’ place on the roster. Edwards went to camp with the Bills last year and then spent time on practice squads in Minnesota and Cleveland during the regular season.

Tampa needs some depth at corner right now with Alterraun Verner and Rashaan Melvin both nicked up, but Edwards faces an uphill battle to make the team.


8 responses to “Bucs sign Kip Edwards, officially cut Carl Nicks

  1. Replacing a guy who was supposed to anchor the line for years to come with a corner who couldn’t even stick in Minnesota’s lousy secondary last year.

    *Bucs fan heavy sigh*

  2. Nicks was as good if not better than Evans on the Saints o-line. A 5th rounder from Nebraska whose track record reportedly dropped him that low. But he was nothing but stellar as soon as he arrived and was a vital piece to the Saints winning the SB in 09. Too bad his career is over.

  3. The classier move would have been to allow Nicks to announce his retirement, rather than announcing his release.

    But if they needed the roster spot now and Nicks was dragging his feet on retirement, I guess this is how it had to be.

  4. I smell big time lawsuit coming…. The infection obviously being issue of not becoming 100% ever again.

  5. Considering the infection was the Bucs fault at their facility, I would assume the Bucs payout which was not disclosed was pretty hefty. The guy was pretty much a standout player until the Bucs under Schiano got ahold of him and ruined his career. Now the team has another hole to fill. I am not as confident as Herm Edwards that the Bucs can win the division in just one year. I think they need a few more players to do that.

    Another reason to say “good riddance” to Schiano.

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