Financial terms weren't disclosed, but as the No. 89 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hicks' contract is expected to be worth around $2.7 million and include a signing bonus of $542,900.
Hicks took the scenic route to the NFL, beginning at Sacramento City College before transferring to LSU. Hicks' stay in Baton Rouge ended after a recruiting violation cost him his eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound defensive tackle went north of the border and enrolled at the University of Regina, where he posted 66 tackles and eight sacks in two seasons.