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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

"I'd like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field," Nicks said in a statement. "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.                                         

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Buccaneers Place Guard Carl Nicks on IR

NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, FL.) -- Already dealing with injuries to their offensive line, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has taken a big hit. The team has placed guard Carl Nicks on injured reserved because of a toe injury.

The Bucs announced Nicks will have surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot. The team has already lost one the NFL's top guards, Davin Joseph, to a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason.

This is a big blow to the Buccaneers offense and particularly to rookie running back Doug Martin. Nicks was in his first season with the team after he singed a five-year, $47 million contract. The 27-year old Nicks is considered one of the best, if not the best, interior lineman in the NFL, earning All-Pro honors last season.

Ted Larson, Jeremy Trueblood, and Cody Wallace are expected to be the final candidates to replace Nicks on the offensive line.

Nicks apparently was dealing with the injury all season but couldn't continue to play with the injured toe.

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Buccaneers Reload in Free Agency

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing everything they can to make new head coach Greg Shiano's transition from Rutgers to the NFL as smooth as possible.

Less than 14 hours after signing wide receiver Vincent Jackson to a $55.55 million five-year deal on Tuesday, general manager Mark Dominik signed Pro-Bowl guard Carl Nicks and stand out cornerback Eric Wright to five-year deals of their own.

"They have the tools here to do big things," Jackson said. "I'm just looking to do my part."

For now the spending appears to be done.

"Our eyes are turned toward the draft," Dominik said.  "We've made our mark for what we wanted to accomplish."

Tampa will have the fifth pick in April's NFL Draft.

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Saints and Brees Continue To Talk

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees are still a long way from getting a new deal done, according to league sources.

Both sides are trying to complete a deal before Monday's deadline.  If they are unable to reach a deal by then, the Saints will be forced to slap the franchise tag on Brees.

"I think there's been progress made," Brees said, when asked about reports that he and the Saints were far apart. "But just like everything it's a process. It takes time. It's not something that happens overnight."

If both sides are able to reach a deal before Monday, this would free up some cap room for the Saints to focus their attention on franchising either wide receiver Marques Colston or Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks.

In 2011, Brees set NFL single-season records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a completion percentage of 71.2.

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