Eagles trade for LB Ernie Simsby Eric Schwartz
I remember when Erie Sims was drafted in 2006 thinking that the Detroit Lions had just gotten a big steal. At Florida State Sims was a beast and a tackling machine.
Things didn’t work out quite that well in Detroit where Sims has been up and down while playing on a horrific defense. Sims certainly wasn’t the problem, but he wasn’t part of the solution either.
Maybe a change of scenery can help him reach the potential that so many saw in him in his college career.
The Eagles acquired Sims in a three team deal that saw a fifth-round pick go to Denver Denver, who sent tight end Tony Scheffler to the Detroit Lions.
Sims is a run stopper, plain and simple as we was never called on in blitzing situations. His rookie year he had 124 tackles, with just one-half sack and one pass deflection.
Eagles linebackers have struggled in the passing game for years and I’m not sure this move address that. It does help in the running game, where the core has been most consistent.
All of that considered, this was a good move for Philadelphia as it only gave up a fifth round pick for a talented football player.
This was needed move for the Eagles. Both quality and depth has been needed at the position as the team released Will Witherspoon and traded Chris Gocong. Plus there is little chance Jeremiah Trotter will asked back.
Early indications are that Sims was brought in to start. Looking at the current roster it certainly appears that he will be a favorite.
The Eagles still have a ton of picks and certainly will address the LB position some point in the draft.
I still remember seeing Sims tear up the ACC during his three years with the Seminals. After all, it was only a few years ago
Maybe he can have the same type of impact in the NFC East.