Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims (90) reacts between downs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms on a deal with former Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims. It’s a great signing for the Raiders, who were in need of interior d-line help after Desmond Bryant left to sign a 5-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Sims is young, talented and actually has room to improve. (He’s just 27 and will be going into his sixth season in 2013). A stint on the PUP list due to a hamstring injury limited him to nine games last year, but he still registered 21 tackles, his first career interception, and a forced fumble, but it was his 6’2″ 335 lb frame that made the Bengals defensive line very challenging to run against. He graded at with a +2.0 in run defense according to Pro football Focus, which was a good rating considering he registered just 209 snaps in 2012. That translates to a +8.0 rating over an 800 snap season, which would have made him the third-best run defender on the Bengals behind only Michael Johnson(franchised tagged) and Geno Atkins (best DT in football)
Sims has earned the opportunity to sign a multi-year deal to be a starter on an NFL team, and when it comes to the Bengals, he wasn’t going to get either with the team already having Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Devon Still, and Brandon Thompson under contract.
Personally, I’d rather have Sims at $2-3 million per year versus Peko at the $4.5 million average he’ll get in the next two seasons.
Alas, it was still a good run with Sims. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.