Now What?

July 25th, 2014
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune discuses options in the wake of Bucs G Carl Nicks leaving the team.

Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune discuses options in the wake of Bucs G Carl Nicks leaving the team.

So the mystery of what will become of guard Carl Nicks with the Bucs is no longer a mystery. The Bucs announced today they parted ways with Nicks, who never recovered fully from a combination of turf toe and the MRSA.

Bucs fans are spending this Friday night at a local watering hole, trying to somehow drink enough to forget what a massive hole is left on the offensive line. Even Nicks at 80 percent was better than most.

In this TBO.com video, TBO’s Olivia Stacey and Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune discuss what options are available for the Bucs in lieu of Nicks.

21 Responses to “Now What?”

  1. Mr Magoo Says:

    As a Bucs fan it is hard not to be angry with Nicks as it seems like he has milked us for everything he could get and gave us little in return. But then he has to look out for his best interests and if we were in his same position we’d do the same.

  2. Orca Says:

    I would be comfortable with Omameh at one spot and Edwards or Meredith at the other guard. I would still expect a better line with that formula. I haven’t read that there’s been any resolution to the Boone situation in SF, so it’s interesting to wonder if a reasonable trade could be negotiated. That said, I’m actually pretty excited to see if the young guys can play, rather than giving up a draft pick unnecessarily.

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Haynesworth, Clayton, Revis, and now Carl Nicks, all great deals by the “Rockstar”.

  4. Piratic Says:

    @Mr Magoo: +1

  5. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Hello San Francisco 49ers? Hi, Tampa Bay here. We understand Alex Boone is refusing to play for you guys until he gets more than the $2 million he is scheduled to make, and you guys have no salary cap money left. We would be willing to send a second rounder next year your way, and re-do Alex’s contract to make him one of the highest paid Guards in the NFL…what do you think? It’s a win-win for everybody!

    Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  6. Orca Says:

    ^^ 2nd rounder??? Are you smoking crack?

  7. Macabee Says:

    We asked for a new Head Coach and General Manager, I vote for letting them do their job! Part of it is making sure we have a competitive team by week 1. #nottoworry!

  8. Orca Says:

    That’s where teams go wrong all too often – trading premium draft picks when it’s not necessary… terrible idea.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Repost:

    (June 4th, 2014 at 5:18 pm)

    W/ Colin Kaepernick’s record breaking contract..

    49ers (RG)-Alex Boone’s extension just went out of the window. Good trade target for a team looking for a LG & RG.

    • Per: Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN
    (RG)-Alex Boone (27) is the 38th-highest paid guard in the NFL, and the 49ers have him under contract for two more seasons for a total cost of $3.7 million. Boone is not attending the voluntary offseason program as he seeks a new contract. He would be subject to nearly $70,000 in fines if he does not attend the mandatory minicamp June 17-19

    Can the 49ers find money for Alex Boone, Kap, Iupati, Crabtree and V.Davis? (Ehab Elsobky)
 Not a chance. Sorry to break the news. But, really, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke has been saying this all along. The 49ers have braced for some key players moving on. In fact, that has already happened with the departures of safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner over the past two off seasons.
    The top priority was, without question, Kaepernick. And the 49ers realize that once he gets what is considered a “fair” contract, the complexion of the roster will change.

    The NFL’s salary cap is on the rise, but it will not increase so dramatically to account for big-money deals for each of the team’s stars.Last season, the 49ers had behind-closed-doors conversations about the futures of guard Alex Boone and Mike Iupati. The 49ers will likely have to make an either/or decision when it comes to their guards. And the 49ers seemed to prepare for that day with the third-round draft selections of center-guard Marcus Martin and guard Brandon Thomas.

    • Source: Bryan Knowles

    If there really is no chance of a deal being made between the team and the player, I think the 49ers would find a team that is willing to extend Boone and trade him for a MID-ROUND DRAFT PICK (3RD ROUND??). The trade deadline happens after Week 8; I could see the 49ers calling up, say, the Ravens or Jaguars and getting a deal done then.

    Et Cetera:

    • (RG)-6’8 Alex Boone can also swing at (RT) as well.(Value pick)

    Boone started all 32 games the past two seasons and was PFF’s No. 2 right guard in 2012 before falling off as a pass blocker in 2013. In 2013, Boone remained at right guard, but showed he retained his versatility when he replaced Joe Staley at left tackle in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams. Where he line up across from Robert Quinn, and DOMINATED HIM. So for those that concerned about Anthony Collins or Demar Dotson-Boone would be a solid insurance policy.

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *• (RG)-6’8 Alex Boone can also swing at (LT/RT) as well.(Value pick)

  11. Bob Says:

    Come on .. This is not a suprise to the Bucs. Whatever players that are in camp are there to anchor the O-Line. This is in no way a set back. Having Nicks on the team would have been an extra bonus otherwise, it’s just babble..

  12. Evan Says:

    So..Let’s say Carl “retires” but then suddenly decides to come back & play. Do the Bucs still hold contract rights to him or will he be a free agent?

  13. Orca Says:

    ^^ I believe they reached an injury settlement, which means he was released. If it was a straight up retirement, no settlement would be required. So Nicks has not really retired from the NFL, officially anyway. And the Bucs no longer have any rights to him.

  14. scubog Says:

    Welcome back macabee

  15. Ghost Says:

    I find it hard to believe Nicks is @ a 80%

  16. biff barker Says:

    In the immortal words of that great swine philosopher Porky Pig…..

    “That’s all Folks”.

  17. Jim Walker Says:

    The fans need to know if the team paid him his $7 million and if that money is going to prevent us from getting his replacement.

  18. Ghost Says:

    Fans trying to drink to forget the void left by releasing nicks? As if somehow you needed to be clairivoyant to tell this was eventually going to happen. I’m glad this debacle has ended it not only frees up a roster spot but it also ends an unnecessary distraction to the team and by the media. Now at least they can move on without that part of the media circus.

  19. johnnytheMOON Says:

    how can you have a void for something you never had ..

  20. 1bucfan88 Says:

    @Jim

    He counts about $2.3 mil towards the cap this year and $4.7 mil next year because the release is post-June 1st.

  21. Brandon Says:

    If there really is no chance of a deal being made between the team and the player, I think the 49ers would find a team that is willing to extend Boone and trade him for a MID-ROUND DRAFT PICK (3RD ROUND??). The trade deadline happens after Week 8; I could see the 49ers calling up, say, the Ravens or Jaguars and getting a deal done then.

    Et Cetera:

    • (RG)-6’8 Alex Boone can also swing at (RT) as well.(Value pick)

    Boone started all 32 games the past two seasons and was PFF’s No. 2 right guard in 2012 before falling off as a pass blocker in 2013. In 2013, Boone remained at right guard, but showed he retained his versatility when he replaced Joe Staley at left tackle in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams. Where he line up across from Robert Quinn, and DOMINATED HIM. So for those that concerned about Anthony Collins or Demar Dotson-Boone would be a solid insurance policy.
    ———————

    Just in case some of you don’t realize it, but trading a reasonably high pick 3rd or lower for ANY player and then turning around and paying him fair free agent market value contract is absurd. You’re essentially paying twice for the same player. It’s a cap and cash penalty and it takes away a premium draft pick.

 
 

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