Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (25) runs with the ball against Oakland Raiders nose tackle Pat Sims (90) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Raiders 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders retain DT Pat Sims

While the signing of Oakland native Maurice Jones-Drew may grab all of the non-Desean Jackson related headlines in Oakland surrounding the NFL heading into the weekend, Reggie McKenzie made an equally crucial move to bolster the defensive line on Friday afternoon.

According to reports 2013 Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims has agreed to sign with the team for another season on a one year deal.

From PFT: 

The Raiders have brought in no shortage of outside help in free agency.

However, on Friday, they moved to retain one of their starters from a season ago, re-signing defensive tackle Pat Sims to a one-year deal, agent Rick Smith said on Twitter.

Sims, 28, started all 16 games for Oakland in 2013, playing 694 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He notched a career-best 54 tackles.

Sims will likely continue to be a solid depth player in the interior of the Raiders defensive line. Last year Sims paired with Vance Walker and promising rookie Stacy McGee, with Walker bolting to Kansas City it will look like Sims will see even more snaps barring whatever players get brought in over the rest of free agency and on draft day. After an impressive first season in Oakland the Raiders will be happy to keep Sims on another “prove it” deal, if the veteran can continue to post career bests in 2014 the decision to stay in Oakland on a one year contract should pay dividends for both parties.

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