The Cardinals brought in, after his visit last week, veteran linebacker Ernie Sims Tuesday. It was necessary after the Daryl Washington suspension. Sims might be most famous around these parts as being the somewhat surprising draft pick of the Detroit Lions at No. 9 in the 2006 draft — leaving Matt Leinart for the Cardinals to take at No. 10. Now he’s an option in the Washington void.
Sims struggled last season in Dallas. He’s been with four teams in each of the past few years, going from the Lions in 2009 to the Eagles in 2010 to the Colts in 2011 to the Cowboys in 2012. After two seasons, now he’s a Cardinal. I don’t think in any way this is an end-all be-all addition to make up for Washington’s departure. GM Steve Keim is going to keep looking for linebacking help. It may come. It may not. This might be the pool of linebackers the Cardinals select from for 2014. There is a reason, for instance, Larry Foote was signed before Sims (below, wearing No. 52, with fellow inside linebacker Keenan Clayton). He’s probably going to be higher on the depth chart. We’ll see where Lorenzo Alexander ends up when he comes back healthy. I think Kenny Demens has a chance to make an impact too.
Regardless, the Cardinals will make their adjustments one way or the other. Sims is the first move toward that.
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