While Sims has rarely been a starter in his career, he’s been a great backup behind the likes of Geno Atkins and Domata Peko. Where does Sims stand on the current depth chart, and will he make the final roster?
Weight: 330 pounds
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Experience: 10th-year player in 2017.
Sims is entering Year 2 of a two-year contract he signed with the Bengals in 2016. He is set to make $1,075,000 in 2017 if he makes the final roster. If Sims is cut, there is no dead cap hit, according to Spotrac.
Sims’ specialty is his 6’2”, 330-pound frame adding bulk and push to the middle of the Bengals’ defensive line. Cincinnati originally drafted Sims in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He played five seasons for the Bengals while being part of a valuable defensive line rotation.
But Sims left in 2013 to pursue more playing time and money with the Oakland Raiders, where he racked up 54 total tackles and two sacks while becoming a force along their line. His production dropped a bit in more of a rotational role in 2014 and the Raiders opted to not re-sign him.
That led to him taking a one-year, $870,000 deal with Cincinnati that didn’t even ensure he’d make the final 53-man roster. Despite a strong push from younger guys like DeShawn Williams, Sims made it through final cuts and went on to battle Brandon Thompson for backup tackle snaps.
Sims ended up not playing…
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