With just two running backs on the roster with proven NFL experience, the Bucs re-signed one of their own on the eve of the NFL Draft.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Bay has agreed to terms with Charles Sims on a one-year deal to provide some insurance at that position. The Bucs are hoping to address running back over the next three days in the draft, but having Sims, who is obviously familiar with Dirk Koetter’s offense, gives them options.

Sims was a third round pick in in 2014 out of West Virginia and has never had much success as a primary ball carrier, instead Sims best work has come as a complimentary back. His most prodcutive season came in 2015 when he noticed 107 carries for 529 rushing yards to go along with 51 receptions for 561 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. That year he and Doug Martin were the NFL’s best rushing tandem in combined yards from scrimmage.

Sims has also struggled with injuries missing time in 18 games over his first four seasons in the league. He did manage to suit up for all 16 games in 2017 where he led the team with a 4.5 yard average, however that came on just 21 carries.

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FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

Could’ve sworn someone :) was adamant he wouldn’t be returning because he’s a one-trick running back (which he is), was hoping they had some inside info and would be correct. Sad that with so many other options out there the Bucs have chosen to watch re-runs of the same crappy film. Hoping it’s a small 1-yr deal that will not be on the books come the season opener. Just when ya think Licht and Co have figured things out, they make this move. Frustrating…..

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
4 years ago

Good signing. We have too many needs to draft RB in round one or two. Barber, Simms, and late round rookie will be our stable this year. Our defense needs the help more, so im okay with that.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  nybuccguy
4 years ago

And if Barber goes down with an injury you’re left with what exactly? Your defense is still gonna be crap when they’re on the field 70% of the game because we still have no running game.

Andy Ely
Andy Ely
4 years ago

Yea the timing of this is weird. They could draft a running back in the 2nd round and then take Akrum Wadley in the 5th or 6th round

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

After no visits with other teams I knew this was a possibility. I also think CB Robert McClain will be back.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

There was a reason Sims had no other visits. Great guy but a poor RB. McClain has had a couple visits, though wouldn’t be opposed to him returning to add depth to a questionable CB group.

BucWild02
BucWild02
4 years ago

If the guy stays healthy, he’s a nice option in the passing game. He has familiarity with the system and provides veteran leadership and insurance.

e
e
4 years ago

The Bucs could be conceding that they may not me drafting a RB with the first two picks?

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  e
4 years ago

If anything, re-signing Simms allows them the flexibility to not have to grab a RB in the later rounds. He has no effect on them grabbing a #1 RB early.

e
e
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

It could be Chubb in the second, but I’d rather see DB or OL in the second…

Ja'crispy
Ja'crispy
4 years ago

why? just why?

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
4 years ago

This is dumb and a waste of money. Didn’t like when we took him in the 3rd round in 2014, and don’t like bringing him back. He hasn’t done jack squat. In 4 seasons he averages 240 rushing yards per season and 298 receiving yards per season and 2 TDs per year. He sucks and when used as a rusher, he dances around too much. Waste of a third round pick in 2014 and waste of a FA signing in 2018. Licht though Sims and Martin would have a breakout year last season and they are part of the reason… Read more »

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

Why not? This signing has no impact on anything. It’s a one year contract that has no guarantees until the first week in September as a vested veteran. Following the draft the Bucs will have 90 players all competing for 53 spots and 10 PS spots. The Final 53 matters. If Sims makes the team, then it was a good low cost signing perhaps at the veteran minimum. Not a big deal. Doesn’t prevent anybody else from being drafted or signed in free agency later.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Exactly right.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Because he flat out sucks. Period. He doesn’t even deserve a practice squad spot. Could have had Devonta Freeman, Jerick McKinnon at that pick. Licht and his staff failed that year with RBs in the draft and failed last year with Cook, Hunt and Kamara.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
4 years ago

I’m not defending the choice. I’m simply saying it has no impact on the Bucs future decisions at the position. You’re looking back and opinions differ. Some think he had a pretty good 2015 when used differently. I get you wouldn’t have re-signed him, but the Bucs did. I’m simply willing to let training camp decide who the 4 or 5 RBs are that will make the 53 roster. Hope they find somebody you like that works out!

scubog
scubog
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Macabee: It sure is sad when you attempt to explain that there are some 90 players brought into camp and our fans can’t comprehend it. Apparently they can’t comprehend that Sims merely is having a chance to compete for a roster spot like anyone else, and in no way is thought by Licht to be the bell cow. He’s just a guy with some experience, no different than Dalton Crossan or Jaquizz Rodgers.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

That’s a good point. Also he can do what he does best, Tap Dance, to entertain the Defense.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

LOL, now that’s funny!

jerseybucsfan
jerseybucsfan
4 years ago

Licht continues to prove again and again why many believe he should have been fired four months ago.

surferdudes
4 years ago

Sims sucks, period. Licht, and Koetter have no clue what a good running back looks like. If Gruden didn’t sign Druggie, Licht would’ve probably signed him back instead of Sims. So after a year of ineptitude running the ball we’re riding with an average back in Barber, keeping washed up Quizz, and resigning the dancing back with a quick burst to nowhere Sims. I assume we’ll draft another back, but keeping Sims, and Quizz is a mistake. There’s better walk on options. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Do you not understand that there will be 90 players in camp competing?

MWD
MWD
4 years ago

Yeah with all the talk being the draft and our strategy for this one to be a bang for the buc, I don’t see why this is a hooah story. Agree with most here about one trick pony. Honestly Inam not even comfortable starting the season with Peyton Barber as our featured back. Best case is to take Minkah or Derwin first round and Sony Michel in second. Then fill from there. This gives us a more versatile back than what we have with all backs and also gives us a big body in the secondary (Derwin James) who is… Read more »

Ken - Kfromfla
Ken - Kfromfla
4 years ago

Move Sims to Slot WR where he could be very good. Find a trade partner for Adam Humphries to get a CB, a position of desperate need, even after the draft. Sims can still go into the backfield, but make his primary role WR where he was the most productive YAC player on the team in 2017. Hump is productive and should get some interests, but he is already replaced about 50 percent of the time because D-Jax will likely be moving more to the slot in 2018 with Godwin the official #2 WR opposite Mike Evans.

Dude
Dude
4 years ago

NOOooowha…Say it isn’t so!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
4 years ago

These are the sorts of moves that happen when you have too many key holes to fill and not enough draft picks to fill them….looking for a depth JAG that quickly becomes a playing time JAG.

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

This was a good move. Yes Sims is one trick pony. He also knows the offense and is a weapon in passing game. They didn’t pay a lot and it’s a good move until they find a stud RB.
IMO the run game issues had as much or more to do with pitiful O line performance and that looks better on paper already if they stay healthy. They have many needs and adding more depth for a year was a good move.

Bullies
Bullies
4 years ago

Horse that was damn funny….just gearing up to watch the draft and that was a good chuckle…meaningless signing! A free agent signing might beat him out for the 53rd spot…

plopes808
plopes808
4 years ago

Like any other insurance policy…it’s good to know it’s there if you need it. But I certainly hope we never do