Ernie Sims Signs With Indianapolis Colts

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions is sacked by Ernie Sims #50 during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 19 2010 in Detroit Michigan. The Eagles defeated the Lions 35-32. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

As the AFC East's powers load up on big names, the Indianapolis Colts have shored up their linebacking corps by signing Ernie Sims to a contract with unspecified terms.

Sims has flirted with being one of the more underwhelming NFL Draft picks in recent memory, bouncing from the Detroit Lions — for whom he recorded three consecutive seasons of more than 100 tackles — to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 after an injury slowed him in the 2009 season. Sims recorded just 55 tackles with the Eagles in 2010, despite starting 15 games, but did set a career high with two sacks.

Sims could be helpful as a speedy, undersized outside linebacker for a Colts team that tends to use players like him in its Cover 2 scheme. His chances of being a star at linebacker in the NFL appear to have expired, though.

For more on NFL free agency, check out SB Nation's comprehensive 2011 NFL free agency section. For more on the Lions, visit SB Nation Indiana and Stampede Blue.

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