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Linebacker Ernie Sims Visits Arizona Cardinals

May 31st, 2014 at 12:01 AM
By Steve Smith

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians would like to add another inside linebacker to their roster – enter Ernie Sims.

Sims is visiting the Red Birds, according to espn.com. Whether he leaves an Arizona Cardinal remains to be seen. The Cardinals could certainly add some quality veteran depth to the position.

The FSU product, who will turn 30 years old in December, spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, starting 12 of 22 games. He had 58 tackles and one sack in Dallas, where he played inside and outside linebacker. The former Detroit Lions first-round pick in 2006 has played for four teams in eight years. Sims made $840,000 last season. He’s spent the majority of his career at outside linebacker, filling in at middle linebacker late last season due to injuries.

The Red Birds have eight inside linebackers and seven outside linebackers on the current roster. Depth is stronger at outside compared to inside, where only three players have played significant time. Last season, Sims played 358 snaps. With Kevin Minter now the expected starter due to Daryl Washington's year-long suspension, quality depth is imperative for the Cardinals moving forward.

The 6-foot, 233-pound Sims had a career-high 134 tackles for the Lions in 2007. He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. He has one career interception.

With linebacker Daryl Washington being suspended for the 2014 NFL season, the Cards are in need of another inside linebacker. Can Sims fit the bill? He certainly has a chance and Arizona may become his new home. We'll see if he's a good fit.

Stay tuned. It should be very interesting to see how Arizona bounces back from the Washington bombshell.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Daryl Washington, Ernie Sims, Football, Larry Foote, NFL

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