Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks (77) on the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Buccaneers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers may release Carl Nicks

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently purging their offensive line, showing that an underperforming unit won’t be salvaged — it will be scrapped entirely. After looking like the unit could be full of Pro Bowl talent back in 2012, Davin Joseph has been release, Jeremy Zuttah and Donald Penn may be next and Carl Nicks is currently circling the drain as well.

According to NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas from ESPN, the Buccaneers may be looking to say goodbye to Carl Nicks and the entire offensive line.


The future of guard Carl Nicks is uncertain. He missed all but two games last season while dealing with a toe injury and a staph infection. … Tampa Bay could look to free agency and the draft to make several moves on the offensive line.

Earlier in the weekend it looked like the release of Davin Joseph was the final nail in the coffin for the Bucs last four seasons, but the release of prized free agent signing and total waste of money hire Carl Nicks would actually be the final nail.

It’s not the Nicks just underperformed, it’s that he represented so much hope and delivered absolutely nothing — a theme for the Bucs teams since they won the Super Bowl back in 2002.

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  • Tom Weissmann

    He hasn’t delivered MUCH because he’s been hurt. You can’t play if you’re hurt. It’s not like when he was out there he wasn’t doing anything. He’s still an all pro guard. I don’t understand what sense it makes to release him. If anything just put him on the PUP list and then on IR so as to fill his spot. Releasing him just removes him from the team but his salary will still be there.

  • Laryssa

    “It’s not the Nicks just underperformed, it’s that he represented so much hope and delivered absolutely nothing”

    The dude had friggin’ MRSA. Not exactly an easy recovery.
    Plus, the coach was completely insane. Schiano began with a decent Buccs team and successfully ran them into the ground. Nearly everyone should get a pass after being coached by that clown.