Arizona Cardinals Sign Linebacker Ernie Sims To A One Year Deal


November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is helped from the ground by Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals made their next move in the wake of the Daryl Washington Suspension for the up-coming season by signing linebacker Ernie Sims to a one year deal, giving the team another body to help fill the void of an all-pro linebacker.

Sims was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2006, played nine seasons with four different teams including the last known stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 and 2013.

Playing in 12 games last year with the Dallas Cowboys,Sims recorded 42 combine tackles and 31 solo tackles along with just one forced fumble.

The 29 year old Sims ran a 4,5 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, of course that was nine seasons ago and its evident he will not still clock that speed, but he is still agile enough to be effective in this defense.

The second year of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions Sims recorded his best ever out-put of combined tackles in one season with 134, which says he is a good tackler and should help in spot duty with the three other candidates for the position.

Sims made his first appearance the the line-backing crew at the Cardinals third week of OTA’s and was exited to get to work

“They already have some stellar linebackers as is with Foote and Minter, but they like what I bring to the table,” Sims said. “I told them I’d be willing to do anything I can to help this team win.

This may be a good move for the Cardinals and Sims may still have some gas left in the tank to be an effective player, after all he was the ninth over-all pick in the 2006 draft to the Lions and that should say enough about his talent, and getting in a better system just might bring out that lightning in a bottle the team is hoping for.