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

Buccaneers, Eagles pushing hard to acquire Saints OL Carl Nicks

The New Orleans Saints made a “recpectable” offer to Carl Nicks last night in an attempt to keep the Pro Bowl guard in New Orleans.

But it would appear that the Buccaneers and Eagles are pushing hard to get Nicks, and they are not afraid to offer more money than the Saints to land him.

NFL Network analyst Jason La Canfora broke the story minues ago, but there seems to be conflicting information as Geoff Mosher — citing league sources — says the Eagles are not making a push for Nicks.

However everyone knew that Nicks would command serious attention from teams across the league as he is the best guard in the NFL.

Nicks wants to stay in New Orleans, and the Saints want him, but the desire to achieve a huge pay day could sway Nicks to sign elsewhere.

The Buccaneers have already come to terms with free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton, signing him way from the division rival Atlanta Falcons.

Nicks has been a starter at left guard for the Saints since being drafted in 2008. He has appeared in 64 games, with 61 starts for the Saints garnering two Pro Bowl appearences.

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