Standout defensive tackle Pat Sims has re-signed with the Oakland Raiders after spending this offseason testing the free agent market.
The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt had the news:
The Raiders eventually made the deal official:
Following five decently productive years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Sims signed with the Raiders for a one-year deal. During the 2013 season, Sims went out and put up the best numbers of his career with 54 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss in 16 starts.
He actually closed the season out better than he started, as Justis Mosqueda of OptimumScouting.com points out:
So if Pat Sims played like he did over the last ten games the entire season, he would have been PFF's #3 run defense DT/NT.— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) March 13, 2014
Prior to re-signing with the Raiders, Sims also visited with the Tennessee Titans, per Wyatt:
What made Sims such a popular free agent was his ability to stop the run up the middle. Thanks to both his size at 6'2", 310 pounds and ability to burst through the line for a stuff, Sims can fit into nearly any scheme in the NFL.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com thought so highly of the 28-year-old lineman that he ranked him at No. 9 in the best available free agents remaining on the market earlier in the week.
When asked about the prospects of re-signing with the Raiders, Sims told Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press, "I wouldn't mind, but at the same time it's not left up to me. I can't do anything about that." Sims also cited not wanting to lose as something he didn't like about the franchise.
Now that he has reached an agreement with the Raiders, Sims will have to help the team turn around the culture if he plans on getting back to winning.
If Sims can continue the success he had in his one season with the Raiders, he can continue to be a huge building block on Oakland's front line. At just 28, Sims still has several productive seasons ahead of him.
After a huge season in which he tallied career marks, Sims will be a productive member of the Raiders for years to come. With a versatile, run-stopping lineman, the Raiders are continuing to improve through free agency and have a chance to compete in a tough division.
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