Barry Sims news update

A news update on the Baltimore Ravens´ discussions with free agent offensive tackle Barry Sims.

SUNDAY UPDATE:

Veteran free agent offensive tackle Barry Sims is expected to decide today whether he`ll sign with the St. Louis Rams or the San Francisco 49ers.

The former Oakland Raiders starter visited the Ravens` training complex recently and had Baltimore among his three finalists, but is leaning toward choosing either the Rams or the 49ers.

Both teams have made ¨solid`` offers with similar total value, according to Ken Vierra, Sims` agent.

The opportunity for playing time or a potential starting job appears to be much stronger for Sims in St. Louis or San Francisco as Baltimore is committed to opening training camp with Jared Gaither and Adam Terry starting at left and right tackle, respectively.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

The Baltimore Ravens are among the three finalists to sign veteran free agent offensive tackle Barry Sims, but appear to be trailing behind the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.

Because Sims is seeking a starting job and the Ravens are committed to entering training camp with former University of Maryland player Jared Gaither as the top candidate to replace retired All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden, the Rams or 49ers are more likely destinations.

The Rams and 49ers are more unsettled along the offensive line in comparison to the Ravens´ youthful blocking corps. A decision could transpire in the next few days.

¨It´s down to the Ravens Rams and 49ers,´´ Ken Vierra, Sims´ agent, wrote in an e-mail Friday afternoon. ´´We will make a difficult decision this weekend.´´

Sims, 33, is a former nine-year Oakland Raiders starter who was cut by the Raiders on Feb. 26 in a salary-cap maneuver. He visited the Ravens´ training complex recently as well as the New England Patriots, Rams and 49ers.

Sims, who nearly signed with the Carolina Panthers in March, has eliminated the Patriots from his list of suitors.

Vierra has said that Sims is primarily looking to conclude his career as a starter on a team that has a chance to make the playoffs. He hasn´t publicly outlined any financial requirements, but that will be an obvious point of consideration, too.

Signing with the 49ers, of course, would allow Sims to switch football teams and remain in the Bay Area. The 49ers have major depth issues behind starters Joe Staley and Jonas Jennings at left and right tackle, respectively.

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron recently declared that Gaither will open camp as the starting left tackle with former second-round draft pick Adam Terry, who´s recovering from offseason ankle surgery, penciled in as the starting right tackle.


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