Lions to Trade for Seahawks LG Rob Sims?

>> 3.31.2010

07 September 2008: Seattle Seahawks guard Rob Sims (67) tries to block for running back Maurice Morris (20), but is wrapped up by  Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (99) at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.

NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Lions may trade for Seattle LG Rob Sims.  Sims, who’s tendered at the fourth-round level, could presumably had for that much, or even less, in a trade.  According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears have offered now-surplus DE Alex Brown, but the Seahawks weren’t interested in taking on Brown’s salary.

Of course, my curiosity was immediately piqued. Why are they letting him go so cheaply?  Sims is a 6’-3”, 312-pound, 26-year-old three-year starter, just four years removed from being drafted in the fourth round.  A torn pectoral muscle did end Sims’ 2007 season, but it obviously hasn’t affected his performance; his 2009 season was graded out as one of the ten best in the NFL by Profootballfocus.com.

Sean Jensen gives us a clue:

According to one source, Sims is deemed expendable because new offensive line coach Alex Gibbs is more inclined to work with players with whom he's more familiar.

Ahhhh, that old chestnut again: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  In the NFL, everything is insanely competitive, every edge honed down to the finest degree. From college scouting, to college all-star games, to the Combine, to the draft, teams relentlessly sift through mountains of game film and scouting reports trying to find just a few nuggets of gold.  That’s just the beginning, though, as teams also scout their own players, and every other team’s players, as well.

Any advantage one team can get over another, so matter how small, is precious.  Any trade they can consummate, any free agent signing they can make, any waiver priority they can leverage, any possible upgrade in talent must be ceaselessly pursued.  We saw it when the Lions and Steelers stared each other down over Larry Foote: the Steelers were asking for more than the seventh-round pick the Lions had offered, and the Lions refused to play ball.  Why?  Because renting a veteran starter at a position of need wasn’t worth sacrificing a chance at drafting an Aaron Brown or a Sammie Hill.

The only exception to this dog-eat-dog environment, where teams fight and scrap over every ounce of perceived value, comes when a team changes schemes—at which point, excellent young veterans are put to the curb with a “$5” sign propped up against them.

Whether the Lions may get him for less than the advertised fourth-round price, or simply sign him to an offer sheet the Seahawks won’t match, Sims would immediately step in as a all-too-rare foundational player, a young veteran just entering his prime.  He’d bring the stability to the left guard position that hasn’t been there since . . . well, since I can remember.  Does Dave Lutz count?


12 comments:

mike g,  March 31, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

well sign him please!!

Weston Corbitt March 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

If he is healthy and checks out, than trade the fourth rounder for him. If not move along. Hopefully we don't have to outbid anybody, I don't want to give away any valuable pieces.

Anonymous,  March 31, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

Ty,

Checking out the Pro Football Focus link you provided, they've got Backus as #12 out of 64 starting NFL LTs and RTs... if you trust this site, we Lions fans need to do some collective head / rear-end removal and focus on just plugging the LG spot (Sims would be great).

All this talk everywhere about drafting a new LT and sliding Backus over... just creating problems in two spots instead of recognizing we're okay in one and fixing the other. You've mentioned similarly earlier, and I'm inclined to agree with you.

Weston Corbitt March 31, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

Backus is not that bad, and shouldn't be moved to Guard. There is no guarantee that he would be any better there. Maybe getting a good LG like Sims would make his job easier. We can't draft a LT high either. The left side of our line, which many would say would be "sub par" would be paid 20 million dollars a year. That is absurd.

Ty March 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

mike g--

That is my attitude precisely. The more I learn about Sims, the more I'd like to see him in Detroit.

Peace
Ty

OwenXVI,  March 31, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Sounds almost alot like Stephen Peterman's story. I think the Lions' brass is quite happy with Peterman, so a move for Sims might be plausable.

witless chum April 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

It seems hard to credit that they're just getting rid of him because of the stated reason. Maybe there's something else going on behind the scenes as far as just personality conflicts, or he's a pain in the locker room or something.

I guess it's a regime change, but it seems very hard as a Lions fan to believe that teams are willing to just part with starter-quality players so easily. I feel like Jed Clampett discovering that some people don't have outhouses or eat varmint.

Ty April 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

Weston--

If Seattle won't play ball, then it just comes down to selling Sims on Detroit and Ford's money . . . if the Lions really want Sims--and they should--I think they'll get it done.

Peace
Ty

Ty April 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

OwenXVI--

Agreed completely. Sims seems like an excellent fit--and for a fourth-rounder (or less)? IMO, no brainer.

Peace
Ty

Ty April 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

witless chum--

"I feel like Jed Clampett discovering that some people don't have outhouses or eat varmint."

Comment. Of. The. Ever.

VERY well played, my friend!

Peace
Ty

Jim April 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Ty,

Agree w/"not so witless" completely. Short of contracting a highly communicable sexual disease, why would a team trade a young stud simply b/c
Gibbs is not familiar w/him?

I guess when the new Red Sox manager hired in the early 20th century wasn't familiar w/Babe Ruth the team decided to trade the Bambino to the Yankees, right?

The Hawks should let Gibbs go rather than trade Sims, but if we can take advantage of this buffoonery, we should asap.

Ty April 2, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

Here's some more from a "Attyla the Hawk", a noted poster on my favorite Seahawks forum, SeakhawkBlue.com:

"He's been a solid starter. But his strengths are more suited to a man blocking scheme. He has has some history of injury but not overly so. He's been a 3 year starter, starting 16, 1 and 14 games. He lost nearly the entire 2008 season to injury and was hobbled last year missing 2 games. That's really pretty typical of a starting grade offensive lineman.

He has more value than a 4th round pick. But not to us, as he's not really in the Gibbs/zone blocking scheme mold for an interior lineman. He is without question our best run blocking lineman and has been so for 2 years running. I think it was yet another rookie mistake by our front office who have been overzealous in their attempts to strip this club of talent. Right now, it's fire sale time on the Seahawks roster and everything is priced to move."

Peace
Ty

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