Seattle guard Rob Sims is in limbo.
A restricted free agent with a fourth-round tender placed on him, Sims was asked to stay away from the Seattle practice facility. The Seahawks personnel staff wants to move Sims and doesn't want to risk the chance of any freak injury during a workout.
Jason La Canfora reports that the Detroit Lions are looking at Sims rather closely as of late and are exploring trade options for the 26-year-old out of Ohio State.
Sims has appeared in 30 games during his Seahawks career and has started 19 of them. Last season, he started 14 games at left guard and allowed one sack, one QB hit, and 10 pressures. (correction: MLive user "CutStafford" pointed out that Sims only played in 14 games (not 16) due to an ankle injury)
That performance earned him eighth place in the Pro Football Focus ranking of offensive guards.
Generally considered a better run blocker than a pass blocker, Sims is a great fit for Schwartz' power running machinations. Not overly big at 6'3", 313lbs, Sims is a beast with a reported 515lb bench press.
Conversely, he isn't a good fit for the Seattle Seahawks zone blocking scheme new running game coach Alex Gibbs is looking to install.
What does this mean for the Lions?
In addition to getting a starting left guard, it also quashes a lot of rumors of moving Jeff Backus to that position and makes a selection of Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung a smaller possibility.
It also likely removes any chance for a trade of possibly available Jared Gaither.
What would it take to get Sims?
Most likely a draft pick close to his fourth-round tender. The Seahawks would most likely take a fifth rounder or a future mid-round pick. It is unclear if any players would be involved in the deal although Cliff Avril or Bryant Johnson may appeal to the Seahawks.
What is clear is that the Detroit Lions are intent on upgrading their weakest offensive line position and wish to do so before the draft. Chester Pitts (OG, Houston) was in for a visit earlier in March and Sims would be considered an upgrade to Pitts who may end up in Seattle.
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