Tampa Takes a Chance on Former Number One Sims

The Tampa Bay Bucs, knowing that they still need help on a defense that is getting older, are taking a shot with a former number one draft choice that was a bust with the Chiefs. Tuesday, the team acquired the 6th overall pick in the 2002 draft – DT Ryan Sims from KC for an undisclosed draft choice. Sims played in 59 games with the Chiefs, starting 36 of them, but overall underwhelmed the team and was always out of shape and usually hurt.Sims did have one decent season, 2003, when he had three sacks and one forced and one fumble recovery. He will add depth to a D-line that was bolstered last weekend with the NFL Draft that produced the teams number one pick – Gaines Adams. Overall Tampa Bay used 7 of their 10 draft picks on defense. Right now the team has Chris Hovan and Ellis Wyms at the D-Tackle spots, but with Adams likely to take one spot, the other may still be up for grabs.

At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, if Sims can get himself in solid playing shape, he may be able to help out a defense that dropped all the way to number 17 in the league last season.


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