Let's Call the Whole Thing Off


barrysims.jpgThe Carolina Panthers had been talking with Barry Sims, a free agent tackle from Oakland for several days. However, the negotiations have hit a snag and everything has been called off. (Charlotte Observer)

Sims’ agent, Ken Vierra, said he was seeking a longer-term agreement than the Panthers offered. He said Carolina wanted to make a one-year commitment.

Vierra called the talks “dead in the water” and said he didn’t expect to have any further discussions with the Panthers.

He said Sims likely would remain unsigned until after the draft in April.

“Barry Sims can play two or three years in this league,” Vierra said. “He’s got a lot left in the tank.”

It’s too bad really. The Panthers need to make some changes along their offensive line in order to allow for guys like Travelle Wharton and Jordon Gross to play their natural positions.

But all is not lost. The team may have a shot at Ryan Clady in the draft. They’ve certainly been taking a long hard look at him.

Meanwhile, the Observer also reports that Panthers backup linebacker Adam Seward has visited with the Patriots. He’s a restricted free agent meaning if the Pats were to sign him away from Carolina they would owe the team a fifth-round pick as compensation.

And there’s more in our Quick Hits Around the League…

Now that the Falcons have parted ways with Joey Harrington, they may be looking long and hard at quarterbacks in the draft with their number three pick. This could make things interesting at the top of the board where they may have to trade up to get the guy they want in Matt Ryan. Our buddy over at Phin Phanatic, Brian Miller, breaks it all down in an interesting article.

Yahoo! Sports had reported that Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had been spying on the Chargers. OOPS! Now they’ve had to remove a portion of a report and issue a public apology.

The Ravens have agreed to a 4-year $4.925 million deal with LB Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Rumors that the Rams will trade Torry Holt may not be accurate. The team has intentions to bring him back.

The Seahawks are showing some interest in pick up Julius Jones of the Cowboys.

Safety Greg Wesley has asked the Chiefs to release him. He feels as if he isn’t in their plans so he wants to seek a job elsewhere.

Javon Kearse, the defensive end recently released by the Eagles, has told those close to him that he would like to finish his career in Tennessee.

The Packers have made “preliminary contact” with free agent Mark Brunell regarding their No. 2 quarterback job.

The Jets have signed fullback Tony Richardson to a one-year deal.

The Bucs would be willing to welcome back Jake Plummer should he decide to come out of retirement. Also, the Bucs believe that wide receiver Chad Lucas could contribute on offense next season.

Defensive end Corey Smith visited with the Texans on Wednesday.

Pats receiver Troy Brown has yet to decide if he will return to the game next season. He remains a free agent.

Safety Gerald Sensabaugh has received a second-round tender from the Jaguars.

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  • Mike Houston

    Negotiations with Sims should be over. The guy is a bumb. I’d rather have lookout block throwing Todd Steussie back.

  • John White

    I was sort of hoping to pick Sims up for the right price because he would give them some flexibility but if they were only offering one year then you had to know that hurt his feelings a bit.  Bum?  I’m not sure.  But if he can get more money he needs to go for it.

  • Mike Houston

    I hope he gets all the money that he can get, but he’e given up more sacks in a season than Jordan Gross has given up in his career. Every team that played against the Raiders would put there speed rusher on him, and that person would damn near have a career day