The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been active in the weeks leading up to the start of free agency on February 27. After re-signing quarterback Luke McCown and placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Antonio Bryant, the Bucs re-signed defensive tackle Ryan Sims to a four-year deal on Thursday morning. Financial terms of the deal for Sims, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offeason, were not disclosed.
Sims has been in the league for seven years, appearing in 83 games with 38 career starts. He has played in 24 games for the Buccaneers with two starts since being acquired by Tampa Bay in a trade with Kansas City two years ago.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Sims has the size that new defensive coordinator Jim Bates is looking for at the defensive tackle position. Sims has posted 50 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble in his Buccaneers career. In 2007, Sims’ four tackles for a loss led the team.
With Sims’ return, the Buccaneers have two remaining defensive linemen still unsigned from the 2008 team, starting under tackle Jovan Haye and starting left defensive end Kevin Carter.
Sims was Kansas City’s first-round draft pick (sixth overall) in 2002 out of North Carolina where he teamed with current Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.