When the Bengals let defensive tackle Pat Sims walk in free agency last year, they thought Devon Still and Brandon Thompson would be more than enough to account for his loss. A fourth-round pick out of Auburn in 2008, Sims was mostly a situational run-stuffer in Cincinnati. He started a combined nine games in his previous three NFL seasons.
But after inking a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Oakland Raiders last year, Sims went on to have a career year, but once again found himself not generating much interest on the free agent market.
Instead of continuing to wait for teams to show more interest, Sims has opted to sign a one-year deal to reamin with the Raiders, according to OaklandBeat Writer Vic Tafur.
Sims finished 2013 with 54 tackles, two sacks and a +14.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. That was the best by any Raider (not saying much) and the 16th-best by a DT who played in at least 50% of his team's snaps.
He had an eye-popping game against the Chargers in Week 16, registering 15 tackles (10 solo).
The Bengals sure could have used a defensive tackle like Sims this year as insurance for Geno Atkins as he heals from a torn ACL.
Alas, if they want more d-line depth, they'll have to turn elsewhere now.