Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Carl Nicks (77) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Carl Nicks Would Solidify Offensive Line

The Buccaneers are reportedly close to inking former Saints offensive guard Carl Nicks. This pick-up would be a coup for a number of reasons, not the least of which is it would solidify an abysmal offensive line. Not to mention it would weaken the division rival New Orleans Saints.

Nicks is a 5th year guard out of Nebraska who has started 61 of 64 career games for New Orleans, he would immediately come to Tampa and get plugged in at left guard, between (I’m assuming) Donald Penn and Jeremy Zuttah (recently re-signed, Schiano disciple).

I can’t tell you how vastly improved the Tampa line would be with Zuttah at center and Nicks at guard. The team could shed dead weight in Jeff Faine and turn its attention to replacing the pillow they call their left tackle in the draft or potentially later in free agency.

Right now Nicks is entertaining an offer from the Saints as well, but given their tenuous position after bounty-gate and the Bucs deep coffers, reports have Tampa edging out New Orleans for the services of the talented guard.

The Bucs entered free agency with three primary targets, Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks.

By the end of the day they might be three for three.

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