A lucrative five-year, $47.5 million contract was just one of the reasons Carl Nicks found the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attractive in free agency.
The All-Pro left guard spent the past four seasons in New Orleans as a key blocker for Drew Brees on the Saints' record-setting offense. He believes his new team also has the talent to put up impressive numbers, climb out of the NFC South cellar and become a Super Bowl contender.
The Bucs were 27th in the NFL in scoring and also had one of the league's least productive running games last year. But they've got a rising young quarterback in Josh Freeman, and Nicks and receiver Vincent Jackson were part of a one-day free agent haul that new coach Greg Schiano is counting on to make a difference.
Tampa Bay finished 4-12 in 2011, including 10 consecutive losses to end the season.
Nicks, Jackson and cornerback Eric Wright signed deals worth a combined $140.55 million on the first day of free agency, each believing they were joining ...