Bringing back Sims helps 49ers

Barry Sims' one-year agreement with the 49ers, reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, gives them needed veteran depth at tackle heading into the draft.


SimsThe team already lost veteran tackle Tony Pashos, but Sims' status was more important in the short term, I thought, because he can swing between left and right tackle if needed.

There was no sense in the 49ers trying to sign another free-agent tackle from a weak list. Sims is 35 years old, but he played well enough last season to justify a roster spot, for sure.

The 49ers will presumably select a tackle early in the draft. Sims provides insurance.