Yes, Charles Sims. That guy. You might be surprised here, but don’t get mad until you read the theory.
The 2016 running game for the Bucs was simply not any good. We know that. Was Doug Martin at the forefront of the problem? Sure, but Sims was not far behind. He was active for seven games and just didn’t put up the numbers while he was available. Did he flash? Yes. But the change up back needs to give more than 2.9 yards per carry and 24 receptions. That isn’t going to cut it, and in his rookie year of 2014, the numbers were nearly identical.
The team is going to work on the position in the draft. We don’t know the future of Martin. We do know that the team is interested in Dalvin Cook and the feeling is mutual. Cook is a guy that can make plays both as a runner and as a receiver. He is a game breaking back. The Bucs have already retained Jacquizz Rodgers, who excelled when called upon, and certainly would be fine in the change up role.
If Peyton Barber, for example, has a solid training camp, why couldn’t he unseat Charles Sims? Has Sims done anything to make him untouchable? Hardly. It’s fair to say that is seat is not safe. If they were to release him, according to Over the Cap, his dead money amounts to $171, 023. Wow, what a big hit, that will certainly put them in cap jail.
If it plays out, the Bucs could release Sims, easily.