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Carl Nicks' time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is coming to a close as well as his NFL career. The 29-year-old has mutually agreed to part ways with the Bucs, ESPN reports.

Nicks signed a four-year deal with the team in 2012 worth nearly $50 million, but he has only appeared in nine total NFL games these past two seasons. Nicks dealt with toe injury and a MRSA infection, which led to him only playing two games last year.

Nicks was looking to make a comeback this offseason, but has missed all of the team's activities that have been going on.

"I'd like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field," Nicks said. "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."

Nicks was scheduled to make $7 million in base salary with $6 million guaranteed for this season.

Says general manager Jason Licht: "I know this has been a difficult time for Carl and his family, but we respect his decision and thank him for his effort in trying to get back on the football field. Carl is a very prideful athlete and has been an elite-level guard in the league. We are all disappointed that he will not be a part of this new chapter of Buccaneers football."

Head coach Lovie Smith added, "I regret not having the opportunity to work with Carl, but I understand and support his decision to do what is best for him and his family. I know Carl gave this decision a lot of careful consideration, and I appreciate his honesty through this process."

Nicks was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2008. He played there for four seasons where he won a Super Bowl ring and appeared in two Pro Bowls.

Nicks joins Sidney Rice as another young NFL player in their prime who has retired early due to injuries.


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