With ''Pay for Performance'' and ''Drew Brees watch'' going on, I reached out to Saints offensive lineman Carl Nicks about progress in his contract negotiations with the Saints.
Nicks told me that there has been no movement between him and the Black and Gold
The standout guard said, ''At this point I'm just waiting for the 13th,'' the starting date of free agency.
I asked him if he was still hopeful he would return to New Orleans. ''I really don't know,'' Nicks replied.
That's not necessarily the best of news regarding a possible long-term deal with the Saints. The Saints and Nick's agent had one conversation early last week but none since then, according to the pro-bowl guard.
Nicks is likely going to command top dollar, in excess of $56 million over the course five or six seasons.
It's looking more and more likely that the market for Nicks might make it difficult for the Saints to retain him. However, it's still possible that he will remain with the Black and Gold, given General Manager Mickey Loomis and his salary cap wizardry.