Hungry Buccaneers eager to begin Schiano era

Published On: Aug 28 2012 01:24:04 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. -

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 free agent haul that first-year coach Greg Schiano is counting to make a difference.

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