Carl Nicks parts ways with Buccaneers, retires

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<p> Shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the organization and guard Carl Nicks agreed to part ways, the former Pro Bowl player told a few reporters that he was planning to retire in a statement.</p> <p> "After careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game," Nicks said, <a href="">via ESPN's Adam Schefter</a>.</p> <p> Nicks was a fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and played his way into the 2010 and 2011 Pro Bowl games, as well as being an All-Pro those years too. He was a part of the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV champion team, too.</p> <p> Nicks chose to go to Tampa Bay in free agency before the 2012 season. A year ago, he contracted the disease MRSA and has been unable to fully recover from it. As a result, his career — at least at this time — has been cut short.</p> <p> There's always the chance Nicks returns from retirement if his body recovers. And if so, he'll be an unrestricted free agent. But as of now, this is a sad situation for a promising young player.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="">@JasonHButt</a></p>

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