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Standing Pat: Sims Re-Signs

Big backup defensive tackle reportedly gets a two-year deal, becoming the seventh player to re-sign with Cincinnati in free-agency's first week.

Pat Sims is a Bengal, again.

The reserve defensive tackle agreed to terms today with Cincinnati on a new contract that will likely pay him in the neighborhood of $1 million in 2016. Negotiations have been ongoing between Sims and the team. He's represented by former Bengals defensive tackle John Thornton, now an agent.

It's Sims' fourth Bengals contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately released but it's believed that Sims will be in the $1 million range each year for two years. Last year, Sims signed a one-year deal for $950,000, with a $50,000 signing bonus. It was a raise of $80,000 over his 2014 Raiders contract paying $870,000, according to numbers at spotrac.com. If he gets a similar raise, Sims' new two-year deal could be worth nearly $2,100,000, but that's a low-end estimate.

Sims, 30, is the seventh free-agent and fourth defensive player returning to Cincinnati during the first week of the signing period. His return to the league's second-ranked scoring defense follows that of starting safety George Iloka, starting cornerback/return specialist Adam Jones and reserve linebacker Vincent Rey. They lost reserve linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to the Vikings.

Sims -- 6 feet 2 and 340 pounds -- is valued for his run-stopping ability, veteran savvy and ability to remain a good fit in Paul Guenther's defensive scheme. Sims was the heaviest player on the Bengals' roster in 2015. He is tough to move off his spot on running plays and gives the Bengals a reliable run-stuffer behind starter Domata Peko. Sims is much better against the run than the pass. He played 218 defensive snaps last season while receiving positive marks for his interior pass rush work from Pro Football Focus. If he makes the 53-man roster, he will continue playing a rotational role on running downs.

Sims evolved into a rotational player after several seasons of inactivity in opposing team's backfields. His single-season high for sacks is 2.5 recorded in his third year with the Bengals in 2010. He hasn't been much of a playmaker, with his lone career interception coming 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 started his career with the Bengals in 2008 after being a 2007 all-SEC first-team selection. He was a 2008 third-round draft choice out of Auburn. He 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, due to injuries and ineffectiveness.

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. But he started just two games for the Raiders in 2014 before parting ways after totaling 85 tackles in 32 games.

Sims returned to the Bengals as an unrestricted free-agent in 2015 and settled into his current rotational role, playing in eight games with no starts, equaling his lowest participation as a Bengal. He and fellow defensive tackle Brandon Thompson rotated on and off the gameday roster. Sims totaled 16 tackles and no sacks, although he did share a fourth-quarter sack with Carlos Dunlap in the Wild Card playoff against Pittsburgh.

He 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.

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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