2012 NFL Free Agents: Why Carl Nicks Would Look Good in Washington

Caleb Abner@cjabshypeContributor IIIMarch 11, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Carl Nicks #77 of the New Orleans Saints moves on the line during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Saints won 27-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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What do you do when one of the best guards in the NFL is up for the taking?

You take him. 

Carl Nicks, the former New Orleans Saints guard, holds the distinction of being one of the best at his position in the entire NFL. He has been tasked with protecting one of the league's best quarterbacks for years. Nicks has succeeded admirably.

At age 26, his stock is through the roof, and his potential soaring through the sky. 

An impact performer like Nicks will not come cheap. $8.5 million seems to be a possible price tag.

Currently, the Redskins are set roughly $96 million against the cap, leaving about $30 million in cap space. They have more than enough green to splurge on a major free-agency signing.

After last year's miserable 5-11 season, head coach Mike Shanahan saw that the time had come to make a big move. So, he traded three first-round draft selections and one second-rounder to move up to the No.2 pick overall, previously held by the St. Louis Rams

In case someone somehow doesn't know what the trade is for, it's so that Washington can draft Baylor superstar QB Robert Griffin III. 

Whether this was too much to sacrifice for a single player or not does not matter anymore. Now, one must only concern oneself with how the Redskins will build around their new quarterback. 

During the 2011 season, RG3 completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 4293 yards. In addition, he also picked up 699 rushing yards. His passer rating was off the charts, and his interception total was as low as Death Valley.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:   Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and Carl Nicks #77 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke the single-season passing record in the fourth quar
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If this was any other draft, RG3 would be the first man off the board. But luckily, Andrew Luck is widely seen as the second coming of John Elway, so the Redskins have the chance to put their quarterback of the future on the payroll.

Given the Baylor man's impressive scrambling abilities, Shanahan will look to add a few capable offensive linemen to free up some space in the pocket. In 2011, the interior O-line did not play at an elite level. With the franchise's future under center, Washington needs to acquire some All-Pro talent to make sure they get their money's worth out of the big move.

Carl Nicks will be the perfect player to boost the run game and keep RG3 off the dirt.

Just ask Drew Brees.