Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 3/14/12

Two days after expressing his desire to become the league’s richest guard, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have granted Carl Nicks his wish.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who else?), the Bucs signed Nicks to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, including $31 million in guarantees.

Just as he wanted, Nicks surpassed the Patriots’ Logan Mankins both in annual salary and guaranteed money.

In Tampa, Nicks, widely regarded among the top interior lineman in football, will team up with Davin Joseph to solidify the front-five.

This move will pay off two-fold, giving Josh Freeman more time to scan the field and opening up for more holes for running back LeGarrette Blount (or whoever will be toting the rock in Tampa.)

Heading into free agency, the Bucs wanted to make a splash, and surround Freeman with more talent. They did just that, corralling the market’s best receiver, Vincent Jackson, and now plucking arguably the NFL’s best guard away from their divisional rivals.

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