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Bucs acquire new DT

The Bucs did not address their need for depth at defensive tackle until the fifth round of the NFL draft, and now we know why.

Tampa Bay announced today the completion of a trade with Kansas City for defensive tackle Ryan Sims, sending an undisclosed future draft pick to the Chiefs in exchange for the former first-round pick.

Sims, entering his sixth season out of North Carolina, lost his starting job last season but is expected to immediately be thrown into the mix in Tampa Bay. The Bucs are still trying to make up for the loss of Booger McFarland, who was dealt to Indianapolis last season.

Sims, 6-4 and 315 pounds, played in 59 games for the Chiefs, starting 36. He was drafted No. 6 overall in 2002 and soon became a formidable, run-stopping interior lineman for the Chiefs. Sims has played both nose tackle and left defensive tackle.

The Bucs need help most at under tackle, where the team is looking for consistency alongside nose tackle Chris Hovan.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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