METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Carl Nicks figured he was on his way out of New Orleans before last season even ended, which only added to the All-Pro left guard's motivation.
"I figured if you didn't want to talk to me then, in my fourth and final year, it wasn't going to happen in the offseason," Nicks said, referring to a lack of contract talks with New Orleans during the 2011 season, his last before free agency. "So, I figured I better ball out, because I have to put my resume out there."
Nicks said he misses his former Saints teammates, who he'll face on Sunday in Tampa Bay. Still, he is happier with the Buccaneers, even joking in his typically goofy, free-speaking manner that his new workplace is all "lollipops and rainbows."
One big reason is because the Buccaneers gave him a five-year, 47 million free-agent contract, he acknowledged this week.
"Honestly I've always grown up and been in the college and NFL and know the good players get paid accordingly," he said. "I felt like I was...