DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 05: NFL player Carl Nicks of the New Orleans Saints arrives at Super Bowl Party hosted by DIRECTV and Mark Cuban's HDNet at Victory Park on February 5 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
New Orleans offensive guard Carl Nicks, a coveted free agent prize amongst Bengals fans, joined WWL Radio in New Orleans announcing what we have suspected all along. He wants to be the highest paid guard in the NFL. When asked about his contract demands, Nicks said (via Sports Radio Interviews):
"I plan to be the highest paid guard in the NFL. You can take that whatever kinda way but that’s my goal, so…more than Logan Mankins got I guess."
When asked if he feels he's earned that money, he replies.
"Absolutely. I mean I don’t wanna sound cocky or anything but I busted my butt for four years, I made a couple Pro Bowls. For my first three years I was the lowest paid guard of all the starting guard in the NFL. And I never complained, I never held out, I came in early to sign my tender when no one else was doing that. I’ve been dedicated to the team and I’ve proven my stats speak for itself. I just feel like I should get paid what I deserve."
When ask if he thinks he's good-as-gone, Nicks conceded that it's more-than-likely.
"I pretty much am gone, to be honest. I don’t think they’re gonna make any last-ditch efforts to try to sign me."
Good luck trying to get Mike Brown to offer up the kind of money required to bring Nicks to Cincinnati.