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Tue, 08 Jan 2008 13:26:54 -0800
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports that Chicago Bears linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson has resigned. Nickerson joined the Bears in February with no previous coaching experience, having played for part of his career in Tampa Bay under Lovie Smith. Smith said last week he hoped all of his coaches would return for 2008, a year after replacing five assistants following the Super Bowl XLI loss to Indianapolis.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:07:11 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Associated Press reports the Chicago Bears have hired Hardy Nickerson as their new linebackers coach. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. "Hardy is a guy I've known for a number of years, and I always wanted him on our staff here," head coach Lovie Smith said.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:15:51 -0800
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Chicago Bears have reached an agreement to hire Hardy Nickerson as their new linebackers coach. Nickerson was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker after spending 16 years in the NFL.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 07:46:15 -0800
Brad Biggs and Mike Mulligan, of the Chicago Sun-Times, report the Chicago Bears interviewed former NFL LB Hardy Nickerson Wednesday, Feb. 21. It is believed the meeting was to discuss Nickerson becoming the team's new linebackers coach, a role vacated after the promotion of Bob Babich to defensive coordinator. Nickerson, who does not have any previous coaching experience, is close friends with Smith from their time together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wed, 17 May 2006 15:40:36 -0700
Buccaneers.com reports former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Hardy Nickerson will join the team's official radio broadcast team as color analyst alongside radio play-by-play announcer and "Voice of the Buccaneers" Gene Deckerhoff.
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 21:39:42 -0700
Former NFL LB Hardy Nickerson (Steelers, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Packers) is one of 36 NFL players who will be attending an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, from April 6-8. The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.
Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:47:16 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports free agent veteran MLB Hardy Nickerson (Packers) has announced his retirement. The five-time Pro Bowl player spent sixteen years in the NFL.
Sun, 06 Apr 2003 07:50:30 -0700
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have $6.81 million of cap space this season devoted to four players who are not on the roster: WR Keenan McCardell, LB Hardy Nickerson, OL Zach Wiegert and WR R. Jay Soward.
Sun, 02 Feb 2003 09:48:32 -0800
The News-Chronicle reports new Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Mark Duffner said he will have a better idea of what deficiencies require attention in the next couple weeks at the team's linebacking position. He dispensed glowing words of strong-side LB Na’il Diggs, but he had yet to see enough of MLB Hardy Nickerson and weak-side linebacker Nate Wayne to judge their play from last season. He said it’s premature to say whether or not Nickerson will be re-signed. "I really don’t know," Duffner said of Nickerson’s status. "All I do know is the guy has had a phenomenal professional career, and it would be a privilege to work with him."
Wed, 08 Jan 2003 08:41:58 -0800
The Journal Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers LB Hardy Nickerson is undecided on whether he plans to play football next year: "We'll see. We'll see," he said Tuesday.
Mon, 06 Jan 2003 09:49:15 -0800
PackersNews.com reports the Green Bay Packers will be faced with some tough issues in trying to upgrade their defense this off-season. The team is about $1 million under the projected salary cap for next season, and that doesn't include tender offers they'll need to give to DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Na'il Diggs. They can clear $4 million in cap room by either cutting or reaching a new contract agreement with CB Tyrone Williams. DT Cledius Hunt and DE Vonnie Holliday will be unrestricted free agents, and it's more likely the Packers will retain Hunt. It is also unlikely they will bring back LB Hardy Nickerson or sign DT Gilbert Brown to even the NFL minimum.
Fri, 04 Oct 2002 08:09:50 -0700
PackersNews.com reports Green Bay Packers MLB Hardy Nickerson returned to practice Thursday.
Wed, 02 Oct 2002 23:43:40 -0700
The Journal Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers MLB Hardy Nickerson was given Wednesday's practice off to rest. LB Torrance Marshall took all the snaps in his place, but coach Mike Sherman said Nickerson is not in danger of losing his job. Marshall had his number changed back from 41 to 51 and could see some playing time at linebacker in the near future.
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 19:27:19 -0700
Packers.com reports Green Bay Packers CB Tyrone Williams (ribs) injured his ribs in a collision with teammate LB Hardy Nickerson.
Sun, 16 Jun 2002 10:04:06 -0700
Kevin Callahan reports for the Courier-Post the Philadelphia Eagles may just stay with their current roster heading into the 2002 season. They pursued two free agents earlier, RB Warrick Dunn and LB Hardy Nickerson, but they lost out on both. Coach Andy Reid still might sign a RB, possibly free agent RB Dorsey Levens, but he seems to be pleased with the progress and potential of rookie RB Brian Westbrook and veteran RB Rod Smart.
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 18:52:47 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Wednesday the team is obviously disappointed they were unable to land free agent LB Hardy Nickerson, particularly because he would have added some nice depth to the unit. The team is still concerned with the lack of depth at the position. Johnson said LBs Shawn Barber and Carlos Emmons will be working some in the middle as well as Barry Gardner, who figures to be the starter.
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 16:43:59 -0700
Updating previous reports, Jay Glazer, of SportsLine.com, reports LB Hardy Nickerson's deal with the Green Bay Packers is a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 14:49:36 -0700
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers LB Robert Jones will likely move to LB Nate Wayne's outside linebacker position due to the recent signing of LB Hardy Nickerson.
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 09:09:00 -0700
Middle linebacker Torrance Marshall is not fazed by the Green Bay Packers’ decision to court free agent Hardy Nickerson, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Marshall was expected to compete for the job when Bernardo Harris was released by Green Bay but also realized the team would probably look elsewhere for a veteran insurance policy.
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 08:27:10 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Green Bay Packers have reached a contract agreement with free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars). Terms of the deal are not currently available.
Tue, 11 Jun 2002 13:16:53 -0700
Updating ongoing reports, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said the team has had contact with free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) the past few days and he thinks Nickerson will make a decision soon.
Mon, 10 Jun 2002 20:06:19 -0700
The Journal Sentinel reports the Green Bay Packers have made a formal contract offer to free agent MLB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars). They still hope he'll choose to play with them rather than the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm trying to put something together that's attractive to them and, at the same time, makes sense for us," said Andrew Brandt, VP of player finance. It appears Nickerson will command a salary of at least $1 million and a signing bonus that could bring his cap number to $1.2 million or more. The Eagles have $9.7 million in cap money, whereas the Packers have in the low $4 million range.
Sat, 08 Jun 2002 11:10:53 -0700
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports that free agent LB Hardy Nickerson is at his home in California weighing his options of where he will play next season. Nickerson is said to have narrowed his list to the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. Nickerson will likely go where he'll have the most playing time. The Packers have offered Nickerson their starting MLB spot, while the Eagles have guaranteed that Nickerson would compete with LB Barry Gardner for the job.
Sat, 08 Jun 2002 08:19:21 -0700
Packernews.com reports negotiations for the services of free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) will be heating up this weekend. The two teams involved are the Packers and Eagles. They’re the only teams seriously in the running to sign Nickerson. The Packers want to bring him in as their starting middle linebacker, but it’s not as clear whether the Eagles want him as a sure-fire starter or to compete with MLB Barry Gardner. Nickerson said that he thought his chances of being a starter were equal with both teams. The type of offer the Eagles make will reflect how they see his role.
Fri, 07 Jun 2002 15:25:22 -0700
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports free agent LB Hardy Nickerson enjoyed his visit with the Philadelphia Eagles. Nickerson visited with the coaches and Eagles staff and stated that he thought he would have gotten as much playing time in Philadelphia as he would have gotten with the Green Bay Packers. Nickerson said he did not discuss a contract during the meeting and hopes to make a decision soon.
Fri, 07 Jun 2002 07:31:04 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles will have free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) in town for a visit on Friday.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 19:02:24 -0700
Packers.com reports free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) stopped by the Green Bay Packers mini-camp practice Thursday. Nickerson is hunting for a team and the Packers are rumored to be interested in an experienced linebacker.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 09:10:41 -0700
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Philadelphia Eagles contacted free agent LB Hardy Nickerson’s (Jaguars) agent on Wednesday. If the team were to add Nickerson, he’d compete with Barry Gardner for the starting MLB position.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 09:10:27 -0700
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a source close to free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) said he plans to visit with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.
Wed, 05 Jun 2002 21:04:59 -0700
The Journal Sentinel reports the Green Bay Packers are set to have free agent LB Hardy Nickerson (Jaguars) in for a visit and a physical. Currently, there is no guarantee that Green Bay will be able to sign Nickerson, but he reportedly told another player in the league that the Packers were the front-runners. "He's real focused. He's real intense. He plays hard every snap," said Mark Hatley, the Packers' vice president of football operations. "He brings a lot to your team as far as toughness, preparation, laying it on the line." There has been speculation that Nickerson also might draw interest from Philadelphia, New England and perhaps Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers would appear to be a long shot.
Wed, 05 Jun 2002 09:48:26 -0700
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports the Green Bay Packers have contacted LB Hardy Nickerson’s agent and both sides appear to be interested in working out a deal. If the team were to sign him, he’d likely be their starting middle linebacker.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 20:48:15 -0700
The Journal Sentinel reports if the Green Bay Packers decide to pursue free agent LB Hardy Nickerson, it appears there will be a mutual interest. "Hardy has always wanted to win a Super Bowl championship," said Roosevelt Barnes, who assists Nickerson's agent, Eugene Parker. "So I think he'll be open to playing for Green Bay." Barnes said at least a handful of teams was expected to show interest in Nickerson, but he declined to name them. Coach and GM Mike Sherman declined to talk about Nickerson Monday.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 13:25:43 -0700
Jaguars.com, as an update to an early story, reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars have officially released LB Hardy Nickerson. The move saves the team $3.61 million on this year's salary cap.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 11:36:49 -0700
Jaguars.com reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to release LB Hardy Nickerson later today. Nickerson's release is a salary cap related move that will save the team $3.61 million against the team's 2002 salary cap. Nickerson will count $2.25 million and $2.9 million against the team's 2002 and 2003 cap respectively.
Sun, 02 Jun 2002 08:45:58 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports the Jacksonville Jaguars may wait until they need the money before they release MLB Hardy Nickerson.
Sat, 01 Jun 2002 08:31:06 -0700
The St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could sign a veteran linebacker after June 1. LB Hardy Nickerson could be released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Buccaneers coaches said they would be surprised if he was considered due to his history with the team. Director of Player Personnel Tim Ruskell said the team has looked at film of about 30 players who could be released. General manager Rich McKay said the team doesn’t plan to bring in any linebackers until the middle of the week.
Sat, 01 Jun 2002 08:16:52 -0700
Bob Grotz of the Daily Times reports the Philadelphia Eagles could seek a defensive tackle and a linebacker, possibly a middle linebacker in the second wave of free agency. Previous stories have them interested in free agent DT Sam Adams (Ravens) and soon to be released DE Marco Coleman (Redskins). Quietly the Eagles discounted the reported interest in Coleman, which makes sense considering their younger stable of ends. The team could pursue MLB Hardy Nickerson who will be released by the Jaguars.
Sun, 26 May 2002 10:02:04 -0700
The Tampa Tribune reports while the talk all surrounds the Tampa Bay Buccaneers landing a wide receiver after June 1, the team could very well also look to bring in a veteran linebacker – possibly Jaguars and former Bucs MLB Hardy Nickerson.
Fri, 24 May 2002 01:03:16 -0700
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Green Bay Packers are still interested in veteran MLB Hardy Nickerson if he becomes available after June 1, despite the recent signing of LB Robert Jones.
Fri, 03 May 2002 10:18:08 -0700
The Green Bay News-Chronicle reports MLB Hardy Nickerson, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, could be in the sights of the Green Bay Packers later this summer. Nickerson is expected to be released by Jacksonville after June 1.
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 22:06:51 -0800
Vito Stellino reports for the Times-Union the Jacksonville Jaguars began their off-season conditioning program Monday. WR Keenan McCardell and LB Hardy Nickerson did not attend, another sign that they are likely to be June 1 salary cap cuts. QB Mark Brunell seemed more resigned to the fact that the team lost some of its key players. He has learned to cope with the situation and said with a smile, "I probably got a little emotional." Brunell said he never asked to be traded and he doesn't want to leave Jacksonville. Brunell would still be willing to restructure his deal if it meant the Jaguars could keep McCardell. All indications are the Jaguars have decided they can't keep McCardell and his $5.3 million cap figure.
Sun, 30 Dec 2001 22:06:59 -0800
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Hardy Nickerson (neck burner) was injured during today's game, but he was able to finish the game.
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 07:08:06 -0700
According to the Florida Times-Union, the Jacksonville Jaguars shuffled their linebacker corps during Wednesday's practice. With T.J. Slaugher (knee/ankle) out, backup strong-side backer Danny Clark worked with the starting unit next to Kevin Hardy and Hardy Nickerson. Clark's promotion could be a sign the team is unhappy with rookie Eric Westmoreland, who has struggled recently.
Wed, 17 Oct 2001 14:45:07 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars CB Fernando Bryant (foot) and LB Hardy Nickerson (pinched nerve) went through individual drills in practice on Tuesday. However, head coach Tom Coughlin said the availability of both starters remains a gametime decision.
Tue, 16 Oct 2001 22:59:06 -0700
According to John Clayton of ESPN, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is now expected back October 28 for the team's game against the Ravens. Taylor, recovering from a groin injury, did some running along the side during Tuesday's practice. CB Fernando Bryant (foot) and LB Hardy Nickerson (neck) are both questionable for Thursday's game, but both could play. DE Tony Brackens (knee) is expected back for Thursday's game, but he may not start.
Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:48:18 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports head coach Tom Coughlin is optimistic about having the services of DL Tony Brackens (sprained MCL) for Thursday's game against the Bills. Coughlin said Brackens has practiced well the last couple of days but is still listed as questionable. CB Fernando Bryant (foot), who is listed as questionable, could see more practice time. Coughlin said LB Hardy Nickerson (neck) will be limited which means T.J. Slaughter will likely start at middle linebacker. Nickerson is listed as questionable as well.
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 09:37:01 -0700
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Hardy Nickerson (neck) missed practice on Sunday. Coach Tom Coughlin said the availability of Nickerson for workouts this week will be determined today. The Jaguars host the winless Buffalo Bills on Thursday. "Any time you take a veteran player of [Nickerson's nature] out of your lineup, it's a big loss," Coughlin said Sunday.
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 22:35:07 -0700
Vito Stellino reports for the Times-Union Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said he doesn't expect RB Fred Taylor or S Donovan Darius back for the Buffalo game and S Fernando Bryant is in wait-and-see mode. He does expect DL Tony Brackens to return in some capacity for the Buffalo game and thinks LB Hardy Nickerson will be ready to go.
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 13:28:08 -0700
Jaguars.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars MLB Hardy Nickerson is listed as "doubtful" on today's injury report after sustaining a neck injury in practice yesterday. Nickerson spent the night in Baptist Medical Center, where he underwent a battery of tests today. Coach Tom Coughlin said Nickerson's condition was improved this morning.
Wed, 03 Oct 2001 14:47:18 -0700
Jaguars.com, as an update to an earlier story, reports a preliminary diagnosis of the injury to Jacksonville Jaguars LB Hardy Nickerson is a pinched nerve in his neck. Nickerson underwent an MRI and X-rays at Baptist Hospital. He has feeling and movement in all extremities after feeling numbness in one arm and hand, and is resting comfortably. It appears he will be released from the hospital later today.