After two years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carl Nicks have agreed to “mutually part ways,” reaching a settlement after injuries, including a torn plantar plate in his big toe and a MRSA infection in his left foot, forced him to walk away from football. Here, Sports Talk Florida Assistant Editor Amanda Borges and Bucs Insider Jenna Laine talk about Nicks’ tenure with the team.
In 2012, Nicks signed a five-year deal with the Bucs worth $47.5 million. Together with Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph, the two were expected to become one of the top offensive guard tandems in the NFL. But it never came to fruition. Joseph missed the entire 2012 season after rupturing the patellar tendon in his right knee. Nicks suffered the torn plantar plate in his toe and was placed on IR after seven games.
Nicks appeared ready to return to action during the 2013 preseason in a game against the New England Patriots, but he began suffering from a painful blister in his foot. After returning from a week of practices in Foxboro, Nicks was diagnosed with MRSA. He underwent treatment with antibiotics while Joseph struggled to regain his form on the field.
By Week 3, Nicks’ course of antibiotics was over and he was cleared to play, starting against both the Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals. Those would be the only regular season games he and Joseph would play together.
On Oct. 10, doctors discovered Nicks had suffered a recurrence. He underwent surgery the following week to clean out the infection. Since then, Nicks had struggled to regain form. He was suffering from permanent nerve damage in his foot and spent the team’s mandatory minicamp last month on the sideline.
Details of the settlement are not known at this time.