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Former Dolphins TE Dion Sims Signs with Bears

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Sims Inks Three-Year Contract

Dion Sims, former Dolphins tight end, inked a three-year, $18 million contract with Chicago on March 10. The contract includes $6 million guaranteed, a $1 million signing bonus, and a $2 million roster bonus. He will become a free agent in 2020.

Looking Back on Sims’ Early Years

Sims attended St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan where he played football for the Eaglets from 2005 until 2008.

As a junior, he led the Eaglets in receptions with 29 for 604 yards (20.8 average) and three touchdowns. His performance earned him first-team all-state, first-team all-area, and first-team All-Oakland County honors. In addition to being selected second-team all-metro as a linebacker, The Detroit News named him first-team All-North as a linebacker.

In the season opener of his senior year, he suffered a knee injury and missed the next seven games. As a result of his injury, he only played in two games during his final season with the St. Mary’s Preparatory Eaglets concluding his high school career with four catches for 86 yards (21.5 average) and one touchdown.

Considered a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the number 5 tight end in the nation.

Michigan State University Years

Sims accepted a scholarship from Michigan State University where he played football for the Spartans from 2009-12. As a junior in 2012, he was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection at tight end. He concluded his college career with 59 receptions for 707 yards and eight touchdowns. Additionally, he entered the 2013 NFL Draft.

Combine and College Pro Day

Dion Sims was ranked the 7th best tight end out of the 97 available by NFLDraftScout.com and therefore projected by many analysts to be a fourth or fifth round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

He accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 NFL Combine and completed all positional drills as well as the entire workout. He also participated at Michigan State’s Pro Day along with Le’Veon Bell, Johnny Adams, William Gholston, and five other teammates.

Satisfied with his Combine numbers, he only participated in positional drills and worked out in front of scouts and representatives from 23 teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

He was given positive reviews for his quick and nimble feet while blocking, large frame, soft hands, and breakaway tackle ability however, he received negative reviews about his blocking technique and how he can be slow to get off the line of scrimmage.

NFL Career

2013

The Miami Dolphins selected Dion Sims with the fourth round 106th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

On May 17, 2013, the Dolphins signed Sims to a four-year, $2.62 million rookie contract that included a signing bonus of $467,552.

He started his rookie year as the backup tight end on Miami’s depth chart behind veteran Charles Clay. Although he started the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, his first catch didn’t come until week 3. In that game, Sims scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from QB Ryan Tannehill against the Atlanta Falcons. His rookie year ended with six receptions, 32 receiving yards, and a touchdown in 15 games and five starts.

2014

In 2014, he returned as the backup TE behind Clay. He earned his first start of the season in the opener where he made one catch for nine yards. He caught a season-high four passes for a season-high 58 receiving yards in week 14.

His sophomore season in the NFL ended with 24 receptions, 284 receiving yards, and two touchdowns over the course of 14 games with two starts.

2015

For the third consecutive season, he returned as the backup tight end while the Dolphins newly acquired free-agent, veteran Jordan Cameron, was named as the starter going into the season.

During the season opener against the Washington Redskins, he suffered a severe concussion when he hit his head as a result of diving for a touchdown catch in the end zone. After colliding with the turf, Sims remained motionless for a few seconds before regaining consciousness and sitting up, with aid from Miami’s trainers. Due to recovery time need following the concussion, he missed the next three games.

His first appearance since the season opener came on October 18.  He contributed a season-high four receptions for 33 yards and one touchdown in a victory over the Tennessee Titans. Week 10 brought his first start of the season and one catch for eight-yards.

His season concluded with 18 receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown.

2016

Sims made his first catch of the 2016 season on September 16 during a game against the New England Patriots. He finished the game with one reception for 21 receiving yards. In the next game, against the Cleveland Browns, he caught four passes for 46 yards in a 30-24 overtime victory.

He finished the 2016 season with 26 receptions for 256 yards and four touchdowns.

2017

As a result of his free agent status, Sims was able to meet with the Chicago Bears and subsequently sign a three-year contract.

You can take a look at Tom Thayer’s film review of Dion Sims on the Chicago Bears mobile app in addition to the official Chicago Bears website.

 

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