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Free-agent DT Pat Sims Close To Re-signing With Bengals

Negotiations have been ongoing between the team and Sims' agent, former Cincinnati player John Thornton.

Unrestricted free-agent defensive tackle Pat Sims is close to re-signing with the Bengals.

Negotiations have been ongoing between the team and Sims' agent, former Cincinnati player John Thornton, according to the Bengals' official web site. Coincidentally, Thornton and Bengals negotiators Katie (Brown) Blackburn and Troy Blackburn live in the same upscale Indian Hill neighborhood east of Cincinnati.

Sims, a big backup nose tackle, started his career with the Bengals in 2008 after being named a 2007 all-SEC first-team selection. He was a 2008 third-round draft choice out of Auburn.

Sims was a regular contributor to Bengals playoff teams in 2009 and 2011-12. He played his first five seasons in Cincinnati and started 22 of his first 41 games before playing time dwindled each of his last three seasons, largely due to injuries.

He then played two years in Oakland, and didn't miss a game. He started all 16 and recorded a career-high 54 tackles with two sacks in 2013. He started two of 16 games for the Raiders in 2014 then parted ways after totaling 85 tackles in 32 games.

Sims returned to the Bengals as an unrestricted free-agent in 2015 and settled into a rotational role, playing in eight games with no starts, equaling his lowest participation as a Bengal. He totaled 16 tackles and no sacks last season, although he did share a fourth-quarter sack with Carlos Dunlap in the Wild Card playoff against Pittsburgh.

Sims, 30, and fellow defensive tackle Brandon Thompson rotated on and off the gameday roster most weeks last year. Thompson, coming off an ACL tear in the regular-season finale, is visiting with the Seattle Seahawks this week.

Sims had a 2015 season-high six tackles Week 10 against Houston and four tackles Week 8 at Pittsburgh. The only other time he had more than one tackle was Week 16 against Denver when he had three. He registered tackles in just six games.

The 6-foot-2, 340-pound Sims turns 31 in November. He was the heaviest player on the Bengals' roster in 2015 and gave them a solid run-stuffer behind starter Domata Peko. Sims is tough to move, and is much better against the run than the pass.

Sim's career-high for sacks is 2.5 recorded in his third season with the Bengals in 2010. He had his lone career interception in 2012, a season when he saw his least action in his first stint with the Bengals (eight games, no starts). His Bengals single-season high is 36 tackles during his rookie season.

His career totals stand at 223 tackles, seven sacks and one interception in an even 100 games.

Sims played at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which also produced four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Isaac Bruce of the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams and former Houston Oilers Pro Bowl running back Lorenzo White.

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