Bengals bring back Pat Sims

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The Bengals may not be breaking the bank in free agency, but they’re taking steps to try to keep much of their team together, presumably at bargain prices.

The latest guy to choose to stay is defensive tackle Pat Sims, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A key member of the rotation, Sims has spent four years with the Bengals.  He appeared in only 11 games last year due to a late-season ankle injury, with one start.

Sims wanted to test the market, and he did.  Now that the market officially has softened, look for guys like Sims to get what they can, possibly via short-term deals that will give them a chance to test the market again in the not-too-distant future.

Since March 13, the Bengals have kept safety Reggie Nelson, cornerback Pacman Jones, and tackle Anthony Collins.  The team has added defensive end Derrick Harvey, tackle Travelle Wharton, defensive end Jamaal Anderson, safety Jason Allen, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.  Gone are receiver Andre Caldwell, defensive end Frostee Rucker, guard Nate Livings, defensive end Jonathan Fanene, and center Mike McGlynn.

Among the still-available 2011 Bengals are linebacker Manny Lawson, tight end Bo Scaife, and receiver Jerome Simpson.

17 responses to “Bengals bring back Pat Sims

  1. Another smart resigning.

    Where is Mike Brown and whom have you replaced him with? On second thought, never mind. Just keep doing what we’re doing …

  2. Mike Brown at work.

    He let all of his free agents that got an offer from another team to walk. Then signed those that nobody else wanted on the cheap.

    Fortunately for Bengals fan the Raiders set the draft up so nicely that I doubt even that front office can screw it up.

  3. I like these D line moves. Some of these former 1st “round busts” have a real good chance of being successful. It’s easier to shine when you play in a supporting rotation role. Although Sims is not a former 1st rounder he is a valuable resign for the same reason.

  4. I guess what Marvin said at the combine was all true… They re-signed everyone that had an impact on our team.. (Nelson, Sims, Collins and Yes even PacMan)

    I was upset with FA at first, but we added some good players to compliment our Draft picks (Wharton, BJGE, Allen & Anderson) will be great for us.

  5. For those of you giving Mike Brown credit and saying nice job, WAKE UP! He had $60million and he’s done nothing to truly elevate the team! He’s maintained rather than sign the right people to win next year. Same old same old. This team will never will under Mike Brown.

  6. Maybe the Bengals have finally turned the corner. Looks like FA no longer shun the Bengals.

  7. Glad to have him back, but keepin’ it real, I expected Sims to be much further along and much more dominant at this stage of his career.

  8. The Bengals have had a very productive offseason, they have kept the guys they needed and added some nice pieces to the team. The people who are bashing the team don’t understand what is happening. BJGE is a year younger then Bush and signed only a 3 year contract where the Bush wanted 4, he would be 32 by the end of the contract and we know what happens to 32 year old running backs. Frostee had one good year, and got overpaid by the Browns. Though Fanene is a loss I believe Harvey and Anderson will fill the gap. Don’t forget that though they had a lot of cap money they have to be careful because Green and Dalton will command big time contracts in a couple of years. WHO DEY!

  9. The Pacman signing was huge. He was very solid last year when he had to step in and start. Now, assuming Leon Hall is ready for the opener, Pacman will be the 4th corner. That is huge depth right there.

    Not only that, he’ll be healthy with his hammy, and he won’t be starting and play every down, so the Bengals can exploit his great KR/PR abilities that he has shown over the course of his career.

  10. More thumbs up than thumbs down in these comments. Amazing. Maybe the Bengals are starting to get peoples attention.

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