Simms meeting with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms arrived in Baltimore today to meet with the Ravens about a prospective backup opportunity. Simms was cut by the Buccaneers on Saturday after requesting that he be traded or released during the offseason.

No deal is imminent, but the sides are talking and it's believed that this could potentially be a good fit given the Ravens' thin quarterback situation because Kyle Boller (partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder) and Troy Smith (tonsil infection) are sidelined indefinitely.

Rookie first-round pick Joe Flacco is the lone healthy quarterback on the active roster and is preparing to potentially start Sunday's season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Recently-signed journeyman quarterback Casey Bramlet was signed to the practice squad Sunday.

Other teams reported to have varying degree of interest in Simms includes the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

The son of retired New York Giants star quarterback Phil Simms, Chris Simms has completed 59.1 percent of his throws for 3,087 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound former University of Texas standout's best season was in 2005 when he completed 61 percent of his throws for 2,035 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions, slumping to one touchdown and seven interceptions in 2006.

In 2006, he opened the season against the Ravens and Atlanta Falcons and totaled zero touchdowns and six interceptions as the Buccaneers scored just three points in those contests.

Then, Simms ruptured his spleen against the Carolina Panthers on a big hit from Al Wallace on Sept. 24, 2006 and had to undergo emergency surgery.

Simms was placed on injured reserve last season after being beaten out by veteran Jeff Garcia for the starting job.

Simms has been critical of Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, saying this offseason: "The relationship between me and coach Gruden, it's broken. And I don't see any way it's going to get better."

Simms is from Bergen County, N.J., and proximity to family could be a factor working in the Ravens' favor.

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


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