Rumored to be in the works for weeks, Seahawks restricted free agent offensive guard Rob Sims has been traded to the Detroit Lions. Sims, who reportedly had been kept away from the team’s facility, signed his offer sheet in anticipation of a trade last week.
The Lions reportedly gave up a fifth round pick for Sims’ services. Sims will likely be Detroit’s starting left guard, and joins several former Seahawks now playing for the Lions, including wide receiver Nate Burleson, running back Maurice Morris, linebacker Juliuan Peterson, cornerback Kevin Hobbs, tight end Will Heller and safety Marquand Manuel.
Sims signed his $1.176 million, fourth-round tender last week with the hopes of accelerating a potential trade.
Sims reportedly did not fit in Seattle’s future plans because he is considered not a good fit in the zone-blocking scheme being installed by new offensive line coach Alex Gibbs.
Sims was a favorite of former general manager Tim Ruskell, who is rumored to be joining Chicago’s front office, and had been part of Seattle’s plans moving forward when Ruskell was still with the team.
The 6-foot-3, 312-pound Ohio State product was considered the best blocker up front for an offensive line that struggled to protect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in 2009. Seattle even considered moving Sims out to left tackle after the team suffered a series of injuries to players at the position, including cornerstone tackle Walter Jones missing all of last season after microfracture knee surgery in December 2008.
Considered a mauler, Sims likely would likely be a better fit in a man-blocking scheme. Sims was a fourth round selection by Seattle out of Ohio State in 2006. He started 34 of 45 games played for the Seahawks.
Sims, 26, missed most of the 2008 season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle against Buffalo in the first game of the year. He came back in 2009 and started in 14 of 16 games.
Seattle now has 10 picks in this year’s draft, two in the first (6 and 14), one in the second (60), none in the third, two in the fourth (104 and 127), two in the fifth (133 and 139), one in the sixth (176) and two in the seventh (213 and 245).