Focus for New Orleans Saints will now be on guard Carl Nicks

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Sep 20, 2010; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks (77) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The Saints defeated the 49ers 25-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Now that the franchise tag has been used on quarterback Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints will now try to bring an important piece of the offensive line back by signing guard Carl Nicks to a long-term contract.

Nicks has been very vocal that he didn’t want to be franchised by the Saints.  He reasoned that if they were to franchise him it would make more sense to hammer out a long term deal since he would make close to $10 million with the tag amount.

Nicks has said that the Saints haven’t contacted him regarding a contract so far, which he also said he understands because of ongoing contract discussions with Brees.  Well Nicks should be expecting his phone to ring now.

With Brees locked up with an exclusive franchise tag, the Saints can attempt to work a contract for Nicks before free agency begins.  Nicks has expressed he wants a bigger deal than fellow guard Jahri Evans got which was a seven year/$56.7 million contract.

After news of Brees being tagged hit the media, Nicks has been bombarded on Twitter with fans pleading for him to stay and a few that are lashing out at him for being “childish” concerning his tweets on stressing out about being a free agent.

Nicks won’t have to stress anymore as he will now be set to be the highest paid guard in the league, whether it’s by the Saints or another team.  The Dallas Cowboys have been rumored to be interested in signing Nicks.

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