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Ernie Sims | Linebacker | #52

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 233
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (9) / DET
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Cardinals released ILB Ernie Sims.
Sims was signed two months ago in the wake of Daryl Washington's yearlong suspension. Predictably, he failed to climb the depth chart and wasn't a threat to crack the roster while playing behind Kevin Minter, Larry Foote, Lorenzo Alexander and Kenny Demens. Sims is only 29 years old, but has been a liability against both the pass and run for several seasons. He'll struggle to find work. Thu, Aug 7, 2014 11:57:00 AM

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Cardinals signed ILB Ernie Sims to a one-year, $855,000 contract.

Sims will provide depth at inside linebacker after the Cardinals lost Daryl Washington to a yearlong suspension last week. Arizona will be in trouble if Sims is forced to play significant snaps. He was abused in a dozen 2013 games for Dallas. The Cardinals are severely lacking depth at the position.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Free agent LB Ernie Sims visited the Cardinals.

Coach Bruce Arians expressed a desire to add an inside linebacker to the mix. Sims started 12 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons but has received extremely poor marks for his run defense and cover skills from Pro Football Focus. The former No. 9 overall pick is best suited for a 4-3.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 30, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Cowboys LB Ernie Sims is not considered a lock to make the final roster.

Sims signed a minimum deal with no signing bonus or guarantees, so he'll have to prove his worth in training camp. The former No. 9 overall pick was a liability when asked to fill in on Dallas' decimated linebacker corps last year. Sims should fare better as new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin moves the unit to a 4-3.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, May 7, 2013 08:27:00 AM

Cowboys re-signed LB Ernie Sims to a one-year contract.

28-year-old Sims was signed off the street last season and racked up 44 tackles across ten appearances, starting six games. His performance was generally poor on the field, but the Cowboys hope 5-foot-11, 230-pound Sims will be more effective in Monte Kiffin's new 4-3 defense. He'll compete for a backup job.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 04:00:00 PM

ESPN Dallas doesn't expect the Cowboys to re-sign free agent LB Ernie Sims.

The Dallas Morning News said it was "likely" that Sims would be back, but the Cowboys are expected to go younger. He shouldn't have much of a market, so the Cowboys will likely keep Sims' phone number handy for future purposes.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 03:05:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News considers the Cowboys likely to re-sign free agent LB Ernie Sims.

Sims will come cheap, and reporter David Moore believes he could compete for a starting job with the Cowboys' switch to a 4-3 defense shifting DeMarcus Ware to end. Even if he doesn't start, Sims represents highly-experienced veteran depth. It's worth noting that Sims struggled filling in for an injured Sean Lee and Bruce Carter last season.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Cowboys DC Rob Ryan says ILB Ernie Sims (concussion) will be active for Week 16 against the Saints.

It's a bit of a relief for Dallas, which otherwise would have had to trot out Alex Albright alongside Dan Connor as starting inside linebackers. Either way, the seams and underneath portions of the Cowboys' defense are vulnerable entering Sunday's matchup with Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 03:05:00 PM

Cowboys ILB Ernie Sims was forced from Dallas' Week 15 game against the Steelers with a concussion.

It's a hard-knock life for Cowboys inside 'backers. Sims was elevated to the starting lineup after Sean Lee and Bruce Carter suffered season-ending injuries. The Cowboys are down to a trio of replacement-level talents opposite Dan Connor.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 06:22:00 PM

Ernie Sims will be the Cowboys' starting inside linebacker in Week 9 with Dan Connor (stingers) out this week.

The Cowboys just signed Sims a week ago, and they were pleased with his performance off the bench in last week's loss to the Giants. Sims has quickly passed Orie Lemon and Alex Albright on the depth chart, and DC Rob Ryan trusts him to play in the nickel package already. He's worth a desperation look in IDP leagues.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 03:31:00 PM

Cowboys signed LB Ernie Sims.

Sean Lee (turf toe) is done for the year, leaving the Cowboys thin at linebacker. Dan Connor and Bruce Carter will start on the inside, with Orie Lemon backing them up. Sims, who has been on the street since the end of last season, has spent most of his career as a 4-3 outside 'backer. Rob Ryan runs a 3-4 scheme in Dallas.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 10:08:00 AM

The Dolphins worked out free agent LBs Ernie Sims and Omar Gaither on Monday.

Miami is transitioning from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme, and Sims and Gaither are both lightweight 4-3 outside 'backers. Neither player has been signed yet.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 06:23:00 PM

Colts LB Ernie Sims is in danger of missing an "extended period" with a sprained knee.

It sounds like a sprained MCL, though that hasn't been confirmed and probably won't be. In Week 1, the Colts started Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer at the outside linebacker spots. Sims backs up Conner and plays on special teams.
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 05:40:00 PM

Colts LB Ernie Sims suffered a knee sprain in the first half Sunday.

Sims picked up the injury on special teams. He's questionable to return.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 02:17:00 PM

Colts LB Ernie Sims has returned from his appendectomy and is competing for a nickel linebacker job.

Sims has a good chance at a roster spot, but he won't overtake weak-side 'backer Kavell Conner before Week 1. Sims racked up eight tackles in the Colts' third preseason game. He'll be worth an IDP look if Conner goes down this year.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 06:15:00 PM

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