31-Year-Old Offensive Guard – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
A former Pro-Bowl guard, Nicks contracted MRSA and had a disastrous 2013 season. If he can rebound to health and anything near his previous form it would be a huge boost to the Bucs O-line....
2014 ADP: –
Carl Nicks Contract Information:
Cut by Tampa Bay in July of 2014.
Nicks (toe) said he is "stepping away" from football, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
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Carl Nicks: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)There has been no mention of retirement with Nicks, so he might attempt to continue his career elsewhere pending his release. Nicks' recovery from a toe injury evidently hasn't gone as either side hoped, because Tampa Bay (as well as almost all other teams) could use a player of Nicks' talent when healthy. Nicks' exit leaves Tampa Bay with the underwhelming duo of Jamon Merideth and rookie Kadeem Edwards to compete for the remaining starting guard role.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Nicks was forced to miss most of the 2013 season with a severe MRSA infection that required surgery to clean out his left toe in October. Since then, the former Pro-Bowl guard has been building back his strength, but with a previous tear to the same toe back in 2012, Nicks always faced an uphill battle to practice early this offseason. At the moment, it appears Nicks could return sometime during training camp, when his presence will bolster a revamped Buccaneers offensive line.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Nicks' infection was thought to be career-threatening, but it sounds like he should be able to return in 2014. He's played just nine games in his two seasons with the Bucs, after signing a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012. If Nicks can find his pre-2012 form, it could provide a huge boost to the Tampa Bay offensive line and, thus, running back Doug Martin.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Starting guard for the Bucs.
Two-time Pro Bowl free-agent signee will certainly upgrade the Bucs O-Line as a whole in 2012.
Nicks will start at guard for the Saints.
Nicks will again serve as a backup guard on the Saints' offensive line in 2010.