This seems to be a big topic among Lions fans. I keep hearing from Detroit fans that the Lions need to trade Ernie Sims. This has not actually happened yet, and fans are talking like it's a foregone conclusion. In this article I'm going to break-down some possibilities of trading Ernie Sims.
Some of us hate Ernie saying that he's worthless and some of us still think he's a good player with a future, I'm part of the latter. Let's start here. What is Ernie Sims worth? I've heard everything from a 5th or 6th round pick to a straight up trade for another player, specifically Glenn Dorsey.
In my mind Ernie Sims is worth much more than a 5th or 6th round pick. If the Lions trade Ernie Sims for a 5th round pick, I will puke and then never root for them again for the rest of my days, I make this promise with all of my life blood.
Ernie's 4 year Career Stat line reads like this: 421 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4FF, 1-Int
This means Ernie has averaged 100+ tackles a season, even with a down year last year. Ernie has done this with virtually no help on the defense and all while fighting through injuries. Ernie Sims is worth more than a 5th round pick. Just look at the stats. There's not a 5th round player in the league with those kind of stats in their first 4 years.
So, what is Ernie Sims worth? In my mind Ernie is worth a late 2nd to late 3rd round pick. The reason I think so is because, when placed in the right system Ernie Sims is a monster. When Ernie was playing in the Tampa2 defense which he was drafted to do so, he played extremely well. I want some of you to remember this, In 4 years in the NFL, Ernie Sims has played for 3 different defensive coordinators. Where's the continuity. Give the guy a chance to play in the same system and get comfortable. On top of all that he played 2 years for Joe Barry who was clueless and almost never blitzed his best player....Sims, this drastically affected Ernie's overall stats.
I don't care if the Lions trade Sims, just make sure the trade is worth it. Trading Sims to a team that runs the Tampa 2 defense will only raise his value. Here is a list of teams that could want him.
1. The Indianapolis Colts. The Colts would be in a good position with either the 2nd to last pick in the 2nd or 3rd rounds to trade for Ernie Sims. Sims would be an upgrade to both of their OLB's, Clint Session and Phillip Wheeler.
2. The Tampa Bay Bucs. The Bucs are still running the Tampa 2. They could offer an early 3rd round pick for Sims. Ernie would be an upgrade to both of their OLB's, Geno Hayes and Quincy Black.
3. The Chicago Bears. I hate to use this team but with Rod Marinelli becoming the Defensive Coordinator, I can see him going after the guy he drafted in Detroit. He knows everything about Sims. The Bears could offer an early 3rd for Sims. Ernie would be an upgrade to Nick Roach at WLB, and it would give the Bears one of the best LB corps in the NFL, Sims, Urlacher, Briggs. I would not approve trading him to a division rival but for the right pick...maybe.
The Lions could also trade Ernie for a player straight up. I'm not going to speculate on who it would be. Obviously Glenn Dorsey's name has been thrown around. I'm not sure that Sims fits into K.C's 3-4 Defense though.
If the Lions do decide to trade Ernie Sims, it better be for more than a 5th round pick. Ernie is worth more to the Lions than a 5th round pick. The LB corp has been touted as a defensive strength, well if the Lions trade Ernie and don't resign Foote then it went from a strength to a weakness overnight. The Lions are not good enough to trade former 1st round picks for a measly 5th rounder. No matter how bad you think he is.