Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Charles Sims was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Jon Robinson was the Director of Player Personnel for the team (2013-2016). With DeMarco Murray on his way out of Tennessee, there’s an obvious void for who will spell workhorse back Derrick Henry.
Sims (6’0″, 211 pounds) has prototypical size for a running back, and may have the skill set the front office is looking for in their change of pace back. The fifth-year runner has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and possesses the athletic traits it takes to be productive in a zone running scheme.
What isn’t so great about the potential addition of Sims is that fact that he has an extensive injury history, missing 17 games over his short four years so far in the league. He is also a couple of seasons removed from his most effective season, where he rushed for 529 yards on 107 carries in 2015. Other than that one outlier year, the rest of Sims’ career has been affected by injuries and limited playing time.
What makes this signing feasible is that Sims could be had on a relatively team-friendly deal. Robinson won’t have to shell out money like he would for players such as Dion Lewis or Jerick Mckinnon. The fact that Sims is 27 years old will also bode well for him on the open market.