Defensive end Eugene Sims, a small-school find out of West Texas A&M, has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with the Rams. Sims already was under contract through this season, so the new deal extends his contract for two additional seasons through 2015.
A sixth-round draft pick in 2010, Sims has steadily improved throughout his time with the Rams. A valuable role player in the line rotation, Sims had a career-high 36 tackles last season and recorded his first career sacks (three) and first interception. He can provide versatility in passing situations by moving inside to tackle, and is an effective special teams player as well.
The signing of Sims means that all nine defensive linemen on the 53-man roster are under contract through at least the 2014 season. Except for defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, the Rams have the rights to all of them through 2015.
So the D-line, the strongest unit on the team to begin with, could remain intact for a while. When William Hayes re-signed and Cudjo agreed to a two-year deal in free agency, it meant that the top seven defensive linemen from last season were all returning.
It otherwise has been a tough summer for Sims, whose mother passed away early in the preseason.