Sims headed to Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay kept working to shore up the defensive line Tuesday, dealing an undisclosed draft pick to Kansas City for tackle Ryan Sims.

Tampa Bay continued to make player move on Tuesday, dealing a future draft pick to Kansas City for defensive tackle Ryan Sims.

Sims was the Chiefs' first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 2002 draft, but never quite lived up to the expectations the Chiefs had for him. He totaled just 149 tackles, five sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

His play did pick up a bit last year as he finished with 83 tackles, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as the Chiefs reached the AFC Wild Card playoffs.

Sims fills a need area for the Buccaneers, who are looking to shore up their all-important under tackle position entering the 2007 season. Sims (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) fits the mold the Bucs are looking for at the position.

He could become an immediate contender for starting time, as Ellis Wyms and Kevin Carter are his chief competition. Wyms has finished two of the last three seasons on injured reserve — including last season — and Carter is really more suited to end, though he has experience inside.


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