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Redskins free agency: Barry Sims mulling over decision

For those of you who follow Rick Maese on Twitter, you know where things stand with the Redskins and free agent tackle Barry Sims.

For those of you who don't follow Maese on Twitter, I should have written a post Friday about the situation. On Twitter, Maese reported that Sims's visit with the team went well. He returned to his Arizona home to resume training and is expected to decide soon where he will play this season.

Sims played the past two seasons under Chris Foerster, the Redskins' new offensive line coach who came to Washington from San Francisco. It is believed Sims is choosing between joining the Redskins and returning to the 49ers, for whom he played 16 games, and started seven, last season.

The 11-year veteran has played in 166 and started 134 in his career, and the Redskins are in need of major help at tackle with the retirement of Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels and the lack of effectiveness Stephon Heyer often exhibited after beginning the 2009 season as the team's top right tackle.

By Jason Reid  |  March 20, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Free agency  
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Comments

Jesus, a thirty five-year-old tackle is "mulling over" a decision to either play for the 'skins or the niners; times they are a changing, buying players made their decision-making process so much easier.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Even if we get Sims, and get Okung, we're at least another year away from having an effective offensive line.

Posted by: dragon2eden | March 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for realizing you should have been working. The fans shouldn't have to go to national websites to get info bro. Step your game up!!!

You should be citing sources, not real reporters.

Posted by: MadeRED | March 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

LT or RT? Age?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Cork,
you have a point, they will start clumsy out of the gate by changing to the 3-4, but since they're going to need to rebuild anyway, it seems like the best opportunity to make a wholesale change (offense and defense) for an aging roster. The offense and defense will be able to develop and improve together that way. If that's their plan, the long term benefit, then it's fine by me.

Posted by: pgugino | March 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Glad we didn't sign Porter! Hope we get Sims...Good for o-line depth...

Posted by: crownking18 | March 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile you must search for new defensive players when IT'S THE OFFENSE THAT NEEDS FIXING!!! Fix that first, then adjjust the D.

Posted by: TheCork | March 20, 2010 1:31 PM

Why can't you do both? This isn't Zorn who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time.

It's two different sets of coaches and players. Fixing each is a two or three year process, so if you do them sequentially Dan Snyder will be an old man and Cork will be in an assisted living facility. Let's get it done before Barack Obama leaves town in two years.

Posted by: League-Source | March 20, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I assume (hope) he'd be better than Levi or Heyer...

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 20, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for realizing you should have been working. The fans shouldn't have to go to national websites to get info bro. Step your game up!!!

You should be citing sources, not real reporters.

Posted by: MadeRED | March 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

McNugget or whatever your name is. What can you report on beside your huge wasteline? Cut a little slack here... - m

Posted by: Blueslegend | March 20, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If a "coach" like zorn was trying to rebuild this team's D, then I would be concerned. But MS is not a "coach" like zorn. MS and JH will use the players to their skills as the transition to the 3/4.

The crying over we don't have the personnel or we should be more aggressive in FA and not let some of these "game changers" get away is based on expecting to having a winning team next year. Many on here need to lower their expectations. This was a 4-12 team last year.

What I expect is a team that is ready to play from the kickoff, and is competitive in games. Expect 6/7 wins and will be pleasantly surprised with more. It's time to be real about our Redskins instead of thinking we will be winning the division this season.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

J Reid...the job market is way too weak for you to be slacking like this. What do you think will happen if 1) readership goes down significantly and 2) people find out that all you do is try to get on Comcast and "Retweet" stories that another reporter broke???

Posted by: MadeRED | March 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the refs will help Villanova win this game, like they helped them beat Robert Morris.

The Big east conference is looking like a total joke.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Cork cracks me up his worst fear is that the Skins get good, then he wouldn't be able to come on here and cry about everything they do.

If the Skins had signed any of those LB's to the contracts they got, Cork would have been the first to say Snyder is running the show.

They actually make the smart move and let other teams waste there money, and now he's saying we should have signed them.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Flounder, pretty sure the refs have Nova in their brackets.

Go St. Marys!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

J Reid is probably laughing at all you clowns who hate on him, cause he knows most of the folks who blog here are A. Jobless B. Suck at their own jobs C. Make ZERO decisions regarding his job security. Keep doing your thing J.Reid

Posted by: Istudydrugs | March 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

J Reid is probably laughing at all you clowns who hate on him, cause he knows most of the folks who blog here are A. Jobless B. Suck at their own jobs

Posted by: Istudydrugs
________________

Hey!! I'm here because I make too much money, off the sweat of others.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

J Reid is probably laughing at all you clowns who hate on him, cause he knows most of the folks who blog here are A. Jobless B. Suck at their own jobs C. Make ZERO decisions regarding his job security. Keep doing your thing J.Reid

Posted by: Istudydrugs | March 20, 2010 2:04 PM |

I gather that you're the exception: You have a job, at which you're very good, and you make decisions every day about Reid's job security. You're the Post's publisher, Katherine Weymouth, aren't you?

Actually, if you were good at that job, you would have reassigned him to cover high school track. Only way he keeps a job is that he's better than they people he reports to (except for Cindy Boren, of course).

Posted by: League-Source | March 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's a linebacker that should go somewhere in round 2: Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech. 6'1", 255, 4.54.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 20, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What I expect is a team that is ready to play from the kickoff, and is competitive in games. Expect 6/7 wins and will be pleasantly surprised with more. It's time to be real about our Redskins instead of thinking we will be winning the division this season.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

F that Curz. I think it's time for a little self-medication, a lot of self-lubrication. Let's drink some kool-aid and win it all. Here's to 19-0! HTTR!

Posted by: frediefritz | March 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

In the Villanova game one of the players threw the ball off the refs foot and it bounced to a Nova player who then hit a three,the announcer said Villanova just got a toe job.Now either thats funny as hell or I really need to grow up.

Posted by: smittdiddy | March 20, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

F that Curz. I think it's time for a little self-medication, a lot of self-lubrication. Let's drink some kool-aid and win it all. Here's to 19-0! HTTR!

Posted by: frediefritz | March 20, 2010 2:32 PM

Curzon's going all Cowboy on us. Next thing he's gonna be a Duke fan. Hey Curzon, would you drink some kool-aid with us if we put some tequila in it and blend it with some lime juice?

Posted by: League-Source | March 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

OMG

cant believe that kid took that shot. And then it went in, LOL.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I do have a job, but you're right, I'm no good at it...just like J. Reid.

Posted by: MadeRED | March 20, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Vinny is gone, so now the bidding is more competitive! Be prepared to lose out on some of the bidding wars because Allen and Shanny are NOT gonna overpay a 35 yr old!!! As much as we need help, we still dont need to overpay for it!!! The more depth and competition there is, the better we become. Let the bidding wars begin

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | March 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm not sure our line wont be adequate from day one, really. Think about it: We'll be better coached - Shanny aint fielding a team that can't pick up a blitz. The cohesiveness will be there. We're adding any and all bodies, so we'll at least have choices.

And remember, our line was OK for the first few games last year. I mean, not great, but OK, kinda.

I'm optimistic we'll be solid up front. Maybe not the Great Wall of DC, but solid... meaning, we'll be able to run and/or throw enough to keep defenses from bringing 11.

Posted by: Thinker_ | March 20, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Plus another point i wanna make is that since Shanny is a 1st yr coach, hes allowed to have 3 camps instead of 1!!! That is something that he is gonna take advantage of and Zorn didnt!!! Im not sure if that tells you that Zorn wasnt prepared or if he was just too much of a nice guy to "inconvenience" anyone by having 3 camps. But i will say that Shanny is utilizing these camps to instill discipline and bring back the hard working journeymen that are the glue of a team and not the high-priced, overrated, "stars" that vinny drooled over. Thank god for Shanny and Allen! I feel like the team will work better together in the first game of next yr than they ever did under zorn! You cant blame dropped passes, missed assignments or penalties on the coach, but you can blame it on a lack of discipline! These last two years we have watched the Redskins become a very UNdisciplined team and i blame that on ZORN and his nice guy, push-over attitude!

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | March 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I kind of hope they sign Barry Simms. He's one of those guys you can trust to play within a blocking scheme. Line play is mostly about coordination among blockers, anyway, so having an experienced player never hurts.

You remember the gossip about Shanahan preferring lighter, more athletic linemen in Denver -- I haven't seen any sign of that here, have you?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 20, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

we should just resign Levi Jones Rather than sims . At least Levi is famialer with Dock and Mike williams. Draft a good tackle and show him the ropes.

Posted by: bert3 | March 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I was a fan of Levi when he was in cinci. He played like a starter at times last year and at other times he ws like a 3rd stringer. I definately would like to keep him and maybe let him battle for the starting job with heyer, but i doubt they keep him. Sims would be a definate upgrade from Heyer where as Levi is about on the same level... IMHO

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | March 20, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins jettisoned $62M in cap liability already this offseason, which would have crippled the team for a couple of years if 2010 was capped.

People don't seem to realize that is a significant move in an of itself.

Otherwise, this team would be where it is now NEXT offseason.

Don't forget what happened in San Francisco and Tennessee when they finally had to gut those rosters because of the impact of dead money on the salary cap.

This program is going to take 2-3 years to get back on track and based on that timetable I would be a LOT less concerned with the fact the Redskins might be a bit slower out of the gate on defense in switching to a 3-4.

This team has time to work it out.

First place in the NFC East isn't coming in 2010 whatever Shanahan and Allen do.

The roster was just left to rot for too long in 2008 and then 2009.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 20, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Again, everyone is talking about a 2 or 3 year rebuilding job. I say with the deep O line class in the draft, this could be like the year we drafted/signed Grimm, Jacoby, May, and Bostic, all in the same year. We literally rebuilt the O line and signed the three cornerstone Hogs all in one year. We could easily draft our bookend OT's for the next decade, and add a good starter on the interior O line with our 4th round pick. Along with having Shannahan running things, this alone will mean bigger and better holes for our RB's and more time for JC to throw, which will mean more sustained drives, more big plays, more touchdowns, more excitement and fun, and finally, more wins! Unless Hasslet is inept, our D should again be good. We could win 10 games next year.

Posted by: kenboy1 | March 20, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

League-Source:
Obama isn't leaving town in two years-6 years more likely. You republicans underestimate the people of the USA.

Posted by: KurtShanaman | March 21, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Sims, Hicks, Rabach, Dockery, Okung would be pretty solid. Don't underestimate the Artis Hicks signing. Dude man-handled Peppers last year. I think even if we drafted Bradford, and Okung went before we picked, we could still get a decent LT in the 2nd round.

Posted by: wewbank1 | March 21, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

"Sims, Hicks, Rabach, Dockery, Okung would be pretty solid."

I 100% agree and this is what I am hoping for.

I don't think Bradford is the answer at QB.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 21, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

is this a joke?? the guy is 35 yrs old for christ's sake...draft a LT in the 1st rd and a RT in the 2nd, then get the show on the road.

Posted by: stevemck3 | March 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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