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Piling on: Bucs sign Carl Nicks to $47.5 million contract



The most stunning free-agent foray in Buccaneers history continues this morning, with the club agreeing to terms on a massive 5-year, $47.5 million deal with Saints free agent guard Carl Nicks.

The expected signing of Nicks brings a two-time All-Pro selection to Tampa Bay, adding him to a line that already has two Pro Bowl selections in Davin Joseph and Donald Penn.

The Bucs made Nicks one of their highest priorities, arranging for him to travel to Tampa on Tuesday night even before the club had agreed to terms with receiver Vincent Jackson, who would sign a $55 million contract before the night was out. Nicks was widely considered the best offensive lineman on the free-agent market.

The Tampa Bay brass wasted no time after convincing Nicks to make Tampa Bay his first stop (the Eagles and others were interested in arranging visits). After arriving in Tampa late Tuesday night, he met with the club in the late evening and contract talks commenced overnight, concluding this morning.

All told, the Bucs have committed to spending $140.5 million to Jackson, Nicks and former Lions cornerback Eric Wright, who agreed to a five-year, $37.5 million contract earlier today.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:38am]


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