Two days after Arizona coach Bruce Arians said he’d like to add another inside linebacker to the roster, the Cardinals brought in Ernie Sims for a visit, according to a source.
Sims spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, starting 12 of 22 games. He had 58 tackles and one sack in Dallas, where he played inside and outside linebacker. The former Detroit Lions first-round pick in 2006 has played for four teams in eight years. Sims made $840,000 last season.
He’s spent the majority of his career at outside linebacker, filling in at middle linebacker late last season due to injuries.
The Cardinals have eight inside linebackers and seven outside linebackers on the current roster. Depth is stronger at outside compared to inside, where only three players have played significant time. Last season, Sims played 358 snaps.
With Kevin Minter and Daryl Washington the expected starters pending Washington’s presumed suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, Sims would team with Larry Foote to provide a veteran presence as their backups. And depending on how long Washington’s suspension is, Sims could compete for the other starting inside linebacker position.
Sims’ freshman year at Florida State University overlapped with Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett’s senior year at the school.