The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed yet another one of their own.
This time, it's veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims, who the team announced Wednesday had been re-signed. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Sims was close to re-signing after weeks of negotiating. It's a two-year deal that will keep him under contract until 2018 when he's 32 years old.
Sims' specialty is his 6-2, 340-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 and he played five seasons for the Bengals while being part of a valuable defensive line rotation.
"I have always liked the kind of play Pat brings, so it’s great to have him sticking with us," said defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. "Everyone knows he’s a big, strong guy. He’s stout presence in the middle. But also, he understands our system, which is very important to me and the entire defense."
But Sims left in 2013 to pursue more playing time and money with the 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 much this past season, appearing in just eight games while making 16 tackles. When he did play, Sims made his presence felt as he was a nice situational run-stuffer. He also helped contribute to a Bengals defense that finished seventh vs the run in 2015 after finishing 20th in 2014.
While not as big as re-signings of guys like George Iloka and Adam Jones, this is a quality move that helps keep what was one of the best defensive lines in football last year together going into the 2016 season.