Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard Carl Nicks will not get a chance to face his old team the New Orleans Saints on December 16th because he was placed on injured reserve due to a toe injury that has lingered and reportedly will require surgery on his left foot.
Nicks was a fifth round pick for the Saints in 2008 and rose to the ranks of one of the most elite offensive guards in the NFL. He was credited with not only being great in pass protection, but in run blocking as well.
He became a free agent this season and was very vocal in his disappointment that the Saints weren’t doing enough to show him that they really wanted to retain him.
The club however were dealing with the fallout from the bounty investigation as well as trying to work out a huge contract for franchise quarterback Drew Brees. Nicks expressed he didn’t want the franchise tag which ended up being used on Brees instead.
The Saints made a last second offer to Nicks which he said at the time he would consider. However early in free agency the announcement came that not only would he be leaving the Saints, but also he would be going to one of their division rivals the Buccaneers.
Saints fans were split over wishing Nicks well or by spewing venom at the former Brees protector. The main backlash Nicks caught was saying he was just all about chasing money since he signed a lucrative 5-year, $47.5 million contract with the Buccaneers.