Ernie Sims, a linebacker who signed in June with the Arizona Cardinals, was reportedly released by the team on Thursday.
The NFL: Around the League account reported the news on Twitter:
Cardinals release LB Ernie Sims. Signed with team in June after Daryl Washington suspension. Never rose on depth chart.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 7, 2014
An eight-year veteran in the NFL, Sims has suited up for four different franchises. Those teams include the Detroit Lions, who drafted him ninth overall in the 2006 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts and most recently the Dallas Cowboys.
As for his impact in the offseason with the Cardinals, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus passes along his thoughts on why he was released:
Ernie Sims just didn't pan out as expected. Managed to start a lot of games though— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) August 7, 2014
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com also believes Sims would have fallen short eventually:
Sims played in 12 games last season with the Cowboys, registering 42 combined tackles and one forced fumble. Though he didn't finish with a sack in 2013, he was still a useful component on the roster.
The veteran linebacker previously spoke about his expectations for the remainder of his career, via Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat:
My goal is to get to 10 (years in the NFL).
I just want to keep working hard, working hard and staying committed. That's what it is going to take to get to that 10 years, keeping working hard.
Will Sims make another team this year?
His role has been dramatically reduced since playing in all 16 games in three straight seasons with the Lions to start his career, but he can still add depth to a team in need. With his expectations set at playing at least 10 years in the league, he'll need to play during 2014 and 2015 to achieve that goal.
While the Florida State product hasn't quite lived up to the expectations put on him ahead of the 2006 draft, he is still just 29 years old. Several franchises are still looking to add experience to the roster, so Sims' career might not be over after being released.
As injuries and more cuts set in, Sims might just find a new home at some point this season.
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