8/ Carl Nicks (restricted free agent under old CBA)
Nicks and Evans likely could be swapped here. Either way, both play a vital role in the Saints’ offense earn a top six finish, including owning the league’s No. 3 passing offense and the NFL’s best third-down unit.
The third-year guard didn’t have a penalty called on him through the first six games and had only four accepted all year. He was consistent in holding his ground and when he put his head down and got angry, he opened up holes anyone of us could plow through.
Nicks was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season.
Still, Nicks could be another player fans say ‘What’s up with that?’ The offense was 28th in the NFL in running the football and Saints quarterbacks were sacked 26 time, six more than in 2009 and double what the team gave up in 2008.