A Bengal for five seasons (2008-12), Sims returns to Cincinnati as an unrestricted free agent after spending two seasons (2013-14) with Oakland ... A third-round draft selection by Cincinnati in ’08, he was a regular contributor to Bengals playoff teams in 2009 and 2011-12 ... Played every game in his two seasons with Raiders, with 17 starts and 85 tackles ... His NFL career totals include 92 games played, 41 starts, 264 tackles, seven sacks and one INT.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2008 NFL Draft (77th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-27-08 ... Re-signed with Bengals as an unrestricted free agent on 3-24-12 ... Signed with Oakland as unrestricted free agent on 3-12-13 ... Re-signed with Raiders as unrestricted free agent on 3-31-14 ... Signed with Cincinnati as unrestricted free agent on 3-26-15.
2014 highlights: Played in all 16 games for Oakland, starting two ... Totaled 36 tackles and one pass defensed ... Five tackles on Sept. 14 vs. Houston ... On Oct. 26 at Cleveland, part of a line that helped limit the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing offense to just 1.6 yards per carry ... Four tackles on Nov. 16 at San Diego ... On Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo, helped limit Bills to 13 rushing yards, third-lowest opponent total in Raiders history.
Previous seasons: 2008—Played in Bengals’ last 11 games as a rookie and started six of the last seven as injuries depleted line depth ... Had 50 tackles, including three for losses, with one sack and five QB pressures ... Inactive for Games 1-5, due in part to a preseason turf toe injury ... Made NFL debut Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets and posted seven tackles, including one for loss ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, logged first NFL sack when he dropped David Garrard for two-yard loss. 2009—Played every regular-season game (eight starts) as Bengals claimed AFC North title, but was placed on Reserve/Injured for Wild Card playoff vs. Jets, due to right forearm fracture suffered in regular-season finale at Jets ... On Sept. 20 at Green Bay, recovered fumble by HB Ryan Grant at Bengals’ 38 in third quarter, returning ball to offense for TD drive that put Bengals ahead to stay at 28-21 ... On Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh, had a shared sack of Ben Roethlisberger in fourth quarter that forced Steelers to punt prior to offense’s game-winning TD drive. 2010—Played in 14 Bengals games (eight starts) and had 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass defensed and nine pressures ... In win Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, had fourth-quarter pass deflection that resulted in an INT by LB Brandon Johnson ... Started as injury replacement Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, recording a line-leading six tackles (one for loss) ... Five tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including eight-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger ... Four tackles Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, including eight-yard sack of Colt McCoy. 2011—Played in Games 1-11 for Bengals, including a start Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis ... Logged 28 tackles with one sack ... Inactive for Game 12, Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, due to ankle injury suffered Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland ... Returned to practice the week following Pittsburgh game, but suffered a different ankle injury in practice on Dec. 1 ... Placed Dec. 7 on Reserve/Injured list ... Three tackles Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, including five-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert in first quarter ... Line-leading four tackles Nov. 6 at Tennessee ... On Nov. 20 at Baltimore, made third-down stop of RB Ray Rice for no gain in fourth quarter, forcing a punt. 2012—Sims played last eight Bengals games and Wild Card playoff after opening season on Reserve/PUP, due to hamstring injury that predated training camp ... Played in Games 9-16, logging 21 tackles, one INT and one forced fumble ... His return to active status coincided with start of Bengals’ 7-1 run over final eight games ... Made season debut on Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, logging two tackles, and had an INT of Eli Manning at the Giants 18, setting up a Bengals TD ... One tackle and a forced fumble on Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Personal season-high six tackles in playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... Four tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—In first season with Oakland, started 16 games for first time in his career and led Raiders interior linemen in tackles (49) ... Recorded first of his two sacks Dec. 15 at Kansas City, dropping Alex Smith for nine-yard loss ... On Dec. 22 at San Diego, logged career high 13 tackles, including five-yard sack of Philip Rivers.
College: Played three seasons (2004 and ’06-07) at Auburn, entering the NFL draft after junior season ... First team All-SEC choice by Associated Press in 2007, despite playing most of the year with cast to protect left hand fracture ... Key force inside for ’07 club that ranked sixth nationally in fewest points allowed (16.9) and average net yards allowed (197.9) ... Had 4.5 sacks as junior ... Missed the 2005 season, absent from the team due to family obligations ... Majored in public administration.
Personal: Hometown is Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Earned Florida 5A All-State honors as senior at Dillard High School, where he was a PrepStar All-American as senior ... Also played prep basketball and helped lead team to state championship as a junior ... Youngest among 10 children in his family.