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March 13, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
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Nicks To Visit Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers appear to be intent on making a splash in free agency – and not just with their pursuit of WR Vincent Jackson. Tampa Bay is also courting guard Carl Nicks and is in the process of scheduling a visit with the Pro Bowler.
Sources tell PewterReport.com that the Buccaneers are scheduling a visit with Pro Bowl free agent guard Carl Nicks. New Orleans was unable to re-sign Nicks prior to the start of free agency after using the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees and signing wide receiver Marques Colston to a five-year, $40-million contract prior to the start of free agency.

The other team competing to have Nicks visit is Philadelphia, according to multiple Internet news reports.

Nicks is arguably the best guard in the NFL and one of the most sought after free agents on the market. He will only be 27 in May.

The Pro Bowler has started 61 of 64 NFL games he’s played in and hasn’t missed a start in the last three years. The 6-foot-5, 343-pound Nicks would look great at left guard opposite fellow Pro Bowler Davin Joseph and would allow the Bucs to establish an interior power running game.

While it would be great to upgrade the offensive line and steal a great player from a division rival like the Saints, Tampa Bay will have to pay two guards contracts totaling $100 million as Joseph signed a seven-year, $53-million deal in August and Nicks is seeking a deal that would pay him slightly more than that.

Despite re-signing Jeremy Zuttah to a four-year deal worth over $12 million last week, Bucs could have an opening at left guard as Zuttah is expected to either compete with Jeff Faine at center if Tampa Bay sign Nicks, or Faine could be released outright to pave the way for Zuttah to become Josh Freeman’s snapper.

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    I am going to sleep tonight with high hopes that we will have Nicks signed by Wednesday evening. Pray with me, Buc' Nation...
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    Don't let him back on that plane unsigned.
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    Free Agency: Vincent Jackson (Check) Carl Nicks, Curtis Lofton (Come on Glazers make it happen) Draft: Claiborne, Sanu, James Morris Claiborne (Pray to god the stupid Browns don't steal from us) Mohammed Sanu (2nd round beast who Schiano would like to coach again and most likely will be available with slow 40 time at combine) ... imagine this, VIncent Jackson, Mohammed Sanu as #2 wide reciever, Mike williams, and this leads me to LaMichael James as 3rd round pick complimenting Blount who is a good back and can get better if he works hard!
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    I have never been impressed with Carr and am just as glad to hear he may sign elsewhere. If Jackson comes on board as our number one receiver, and we land Nicks, we are on the way to a much improved offense. I would love it if they landed Lofton too, or another outstanding veteran middle linebacker. I still think we need to land a good free agent CB and resign Rhonde Barber to play safety and be our defensive leader in the locker room. Come on Bucs, lets get these deals done!!!!
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    At least they are actually starting off the free agency with a bang. I was thinking that it was all talk again. Well there are other free agent cornerbacks out there that should be an upgrade over Biggers. Plus there must be something that the Bucs know about Aquib Talib case which not make them not in a hurry to sign a CB.
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    I'd Love It. For Once Tampa Bay and trying to get these big FA would want other FA's to Now if they can resign Barber and get one of those Big CB Tampa could any directions when the draft comes next month. Maybe Just Maybe the GM and The Glazers Do ahve a plan. I just love the coaching staff assemble now-GO BUCS I hope being 66 going on 67 that I would be around a few more years to see Tampa go back to the Championship game and beyond. I think this is the year that Tampa will make their fansd no more doubt about what they are trying to do. I hope to come down In sept to celebrate my 67 birthdate with a Buc win. GO BUCS
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    V jax and this guy, our offense is instantly much better.. im hearing both finnegan and Carr are signing else where... Looks like Claiborne will be the pick.
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    Vjax, Nicks, and one more...either Finnegan or Lofton....please get this done!
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