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Pat Sims still waiting for NFL Teams to Call

After inking a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Oakland Raiders last year, defensive tackle Pat Sims went on to have a career year, starting 16 games and finishing with 54 tackles and two sacks. That was the 16th-best by a DT who played in at least 50% of his team’s snaps.

With Geno Atkins recovering from a torn ACL, not to mention backups Brandon Thomas and Devon Still not exactly setting the world on fire, perhaps Sims will draw interest from the Bengals if he continues to be overlooked by other teams.

The Bengals also re-signed Domata Peko, so they may be done addressing the D line until the draft. Sims may draw interest when camps start and teams have a chance to see how their rosters are shaping up.





Taking inventory of Browns’ moves

When you look at the body of work that Ray Farmer and staff have done thus far in free agency, you have to take notice. The Browns used free agency to address many of their needs, but didn’t compromise their salary cap room as they are still near the top in that department.

Heading toward the draft and armed with 10 draft choices in what has been called by many experts a ‘deep’ draft’, the Browns are in a great position to bolster their team immensely heading into the 2014 season.

New GM, Ray Farmer, appears to have a good idea of how he wants to build the team.





Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said he has not yet seen any tapes, other than the one publicly released through TMZ. He expects that the state will turn over the surveillance footage as part of the discovery.

“We tried on a number of occasions to get the information from the Revel,” Diamondstein said. “They’re refused.”

“On behalf of Ray Rice we vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault,” Diamondstein said. “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”

It’s not clear how this could affect the Super Bowl-winning running back’s career. NFL Commission Roger Goodell said during a news conference the day before the indictment that a decision of disciplinary action would depend upon how the case plays out, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.

In other news, safety Deone Bucannon is visiting the Ravens today.





LeGarrette Blount visiting Steelers Friday

It would seem Blount could get a bit more than $1 million for a cap charge in 2014, but that’s not a guarantee – just a likely assumption. It’s probably linked to the same reason Maurice Jones-Drew, another potential signing, is likely to sign in Oakland, as of Friday morning.

The Steelers would have two different paths to travel here attain their goal. They could sign an experienced veteran to back up a talented Le’Veon Bell, a player who had multiple injuries during training camp and was sidelined the first three weeks of the season, or they could just lean on the draft and undrafted free agency to find players who can fill in that role.

Assuming Blount accepts a backup-type role, he’d be a good fit for the Steelers. Update: Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders and will sign it if he passes his physical today, reports.



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