Carl Nicks’ Future Looks BleakJanuary 7th, 2014
The Bucs had high hopes when they signed stud guard Carl Nicks as a free agent prior to the 2012 season. Then before the season began, Nicks developed a nasty case of turf toe.
That year he played seven games on the toe, which Joe saw with his own eyes; it was swollen to at least twice normal size and was cherry-red. It was gross. Even after surgery, Nicks confessed the toe wasn’t close to being back to normal and stated it was something he would deal with the rest of his life.
Tack on being infected with MRSA, Nicks’ 2013 season was a wash. He played in two games after missing the presason. And per Jason Cole of National Football Post, Nicks may have played his last snap of football.
Two sources said in the past week that Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks is still dealing with pain in his foot in the aftermath of dealing with surgery and then a recurring bout with MRSA. As a result, there is some doubt about whether Nicks will be able to play next season or ever again. That may lead to the Buccaneers cutting the former high-priced free agent acquisition this offseason.
Joe feels awful for Nicks, who is a really, really good dude. But the NFL is a business and frankly, the Bucs cannot afford to keep a salary of $7 million for 2014 (he is signed through the 2016 season) like an albatross around their necks. But Nicks’ money situation is unclear. Mike Garofolo of FOXSports.com says the Bucs are on the hook for $6 million of Nicks’ 2014 salary next season if he can’t play because of injury.
It stands to reason if Nicks does return to the NFL, then it wouldn’t shock Joe if he made a comeback wearing a different uniform.