The breakdown of the teams involved are as follows:
The Eagles sent their 2010 fifth-round pick (137 overall) to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos in turn sent TE Tony Scheffler and a 2010 seventh-round pick (220 overall) to the Detroit Lions, which sent Sims to the Eagles.
Sims was a first-round draft choice (ninth overall) in 2006 of the Detroit Lions.
He has appeared in 59 games (56 starts) notching 505 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 1 INT.
In 2009, he played in 11 games, (eight starts) and amassed 49 of his tackles and also contributed with a forced fumble.
Sims is entering his fifth season, and looks to build upon his accomplishments for a much more accomplished team.
When he was drafted out of Florida State, Sims was immediately penciled in as a starter on the Lions defense.
He was awarded the All-Rookie Honors by Pro Football Weekly his rookie season, as he started all 16 games and was also the team leading tackler with 144.
During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Sims was appointed the teams' defensive captain and again led the Lions defense with a total of 312 tackles.
Head Coach Andy Reid made his statement on Sims saying:
"Ernie Sims is an impact player at the linebacker position," said head coach Andy Reid. "He brings a lot of energy to our already energized defense. We are looking forward to adding him to our team."
New GM Howie Roseman also offered his opinion saying:
"We are excited to acquire Ernie Sims," said general manager Howie Roseman. "He plays fast, he's aggressive and his style is a great fit for our defensive scheme. He is a leader who was a team captain for the Lions and we are eager to see what he can do in our defense".
Sims brings leadership, experience, and first-round talent to the Eagles linebacker core. If his shoulder injury can remain steady, the Eagles might have once again stole a player from another team.
What do I mean by that?
If you look at the other free agent trades, DE Darryl Tapp, DB Marlin Jackson, LB's Alex Hall, and now Ernie Sims, all of these talents were acquired for next to nothing.
Andy Reid might not be the most talented person when it comes to the draft, but when it comes to pulling the wool over the eyes of another franchise—he is a genius!
Sims made his way to the studio speaking with Eagles webmaster Dave Spadaro, and he is extremely excited to be apart of this franchise.
Leaving the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles would be any players dream come true.
This is what Sims had to say:
"I'm just real excited. That part of my career is over with. I'm ready for a new beginning," Sims said in a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon. "I've been watching Philadelphia for a long time. My (Florida State) teammate Brodrick Bunkley, I've been watching him on film. I'm just excited to be a part of it."
"I've been competing my whole life. I don't expect to come in and just be handed a job. I expect to come in and work for my position."
Looking at the depth chart for the Eagles LB's, Stew Bradley is obviously the man in the middle.
I would assume that Sims would take over the weak side, but can play all three LB spots, and Alex Hall could end up being the starter on the strong side.
Where does this leave players like Akeem Jordan, who has made great strides since entering the NFL.
Also, Omar Gaither, Joe Mays, and Moise Fokou, who was the Eagles seventh-round draft pick last year.
Gaither would most likely back up Bradley in the middle, while Jordan and Fokou would battle out for the back-up weak side.
The strong side position is still as open as a 24-hour convenience store. Any one of the above named players could end up filling that void.
This is a fantastic move for the Eagles. To acquire a first-round talent at the LB position is going to pay huge dividends to the Eagles franchise.
This is one jersey I'm on the hunt for!
Once again Eagles faithful, this move makes you scratch your head when thinking about the draft.
Its either a corner back or a safety in the first-round, and with the needs lessening, I can see the Eagles moving way up in the draft to acquire the best in the draft at said positions!
Keep the faith Eagles nation—2010 is shaping up to be a very interesting season with lots of things to watch for.
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