Sims has officially announced his retirement from the NFL via his Twitter account.
Sims last played for the Bears and was released in the 2019 offseason. That did not stop him from attempting to find a new landing spot, but ultimately nothing panned out. As a result, he is officially hanging up his cleats. The Michigan State product was a fourth-round draft pick by the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft. He will end his career with 91 receptions for 888 yards and nine touchdowns.
Sims was officially released by the Bears on Thursday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
This was the clear way to go for Chicago given the $6 million in cap relief Sims' release provides -- not to mention the significantly underwhelming return on investment he provided when healthy. There could be a modest market for his services somewhere out there this offseason for teams in need of blocking from the tight end position.
The Bears intend to release Sims in the near future, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
This is an obvious decision since Sims' release saves Chicago $6 million in cap space with less than $400,000 in dead money. After an unproductive 2018 campaign in which he caught just two of four targets for nine yards in eight games, Sims probably won't be in store for a lucrative contract this offseason. His aptitude as a blocker might be enough for him to garner interest somewhere else as a reserve tight end.
Sims (concussion) was placed on injured reserve on November 17 and ended the season with two catches for nine yards in eight games played.
Sims primarily served as the Bears' blocking tight end while Trey Burton did most of the work as a receiver. Sims will go into the last year of his contract in 2019, but he could struggle to overtake Adam Shaheen as the Bears' second tight end.
The Bears placed Sims (concussion) on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Sims was set to miss his second straight game with a concussion, and it looks like the Bears did not think he was close to returning. He played a limited role for the team, so his absence is not expected to impact the offense in any way.
Sims (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 11's contest against the Vikings, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims will miss his second-straight game with this concussion. The Michigan State product was unable to practice in any capacity this week. When Sims was playing, his role was very limited. Sims hasn't logged more than 20 offensive snaps in four games and hasn't been targeted in three.
Sims (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports..
Sims has been sidelined since sustaining the head injury in the Bears' Week 9 win over the Bills. It's unclear where exactly Sims stands in the NFL's concussion protocol, leaving his status in some doubt for Sunday's showdown with the Vikings. Sims would likely be limited to a blocking role behind pass-catching tight end Trey Burton if he gains clearance to play this weekend.
Sims (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims suffered the concussion in last Sunday's win over the Bills and didn't make enough progress in the concussion protocol this week to have at chance at playing Week 10. The 27-year-old has been targeted only once over the last seven games, so the Bears passing game is unlikely to be majorly affected by his absence.
Sims sustained a concussion during Sunday's 41-9 win over the Bills, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims will enter the concussion protocol, and should be considered questionable for next Sunday's divisional tilt against the Lions. The veteran tight end has not recorded a catch since Week 1, so his tentative lack of availability is unlikely to have a large impact on Chicago's offense.
Sims failed to see a target in Chicago's Week 8 victory over the Jets.
Sims hasn't recorded a reception since Week 1, making it unlikely he'll emerge as a fantasy option in the near future.
Sims failed to corral his lone target in the Bears' loss to the Patriots.
After being targeted three times in the season opener, this was the first target that Sims has seen since. With Trey Burton dominating tight-end targets, Sims is unlikely to have much fantasy value unless his role changes.
Sims didn't see a target in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
After catching a pair of passes for nine yards in the season opener, Sims has failed to see a target in any game since. Unless teammate Trey Burton is forced to miss time, it's unlikely that Sims will be a consistent fantasy contributor in 2018.
Sims caught two passes for nine yards in the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Packers.
Sims primarily functioned as the in-line blocking tight end, and he was targeted three times. He'll continue to see a few targets each week, but with the Bears having many strong receiving options, it's unlikely he'll have many big statistical performances.
Sims (concussion) is not on Tuesday's initial injury report for the regular-season opener against the Packers, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims remained in the concussion protocol into late August, but some additional rest appears to have moved him out of it. He should serve as the top backup to offseason acquisition Trey Burton, coming off a 15-catch 2017 campaign.
Sims remains in the concussion protocol Friday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims has been in the concussion protocol for about two weeks. With fellow tight end Adam Shaheen sidelined indefinitely following a right foot/ankle injury sustained in the Bears' preseason game against the Broncos, Sims could make the 53-man roster as a backup to starter Trey Burton if he can clear the concussion protocol in due time. A solid blocker that's never tallied as much as 300 receiving yards in a season, Sims is a long shot for fantasy relevancy in 2018.
Sims is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Broncos due to a concussion, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sims must clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to action, while Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker could be in line for additional reps at tight end behind starter Trey Burton on Saturday.
Sims remained on the Bears' roster after March 16, at which point $4 million of his $6 million salary became guaranteed.
Sims seemed like a goner once the Bears added Trey Burton to a tight end group that includes 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen. There's no question Burton will serve as the top pass catcher among the bunch, but Sims' continued presence on the roster suggests Chicago brass isn't entirely confident in Shaheen's ability to take on the in-line blocking role. Sims is a solid blocker, one who's yet to reach 300 receiving yards in a season since entering the league as a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2013.
Sims may be released this offseason, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Signed to a three-year, $18 million contract last offseason, Sims started all 14 games he played in 2017 but only caught 15 of 29 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown. He's primarily valued for his blocking, which probably isn't enough to justify a $6 million salary in 2018. Barring an agreement on a pay cut, the Bears figure to release Sims before March 16 when $4 million of the $6 million would become guaranteed. The team would prefer for 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen to take over as the starter, but Daniel Brown or an offseason addition could also be in the mix. The 27-year-old Sims wouldn't have too much trouble finding backup work elsewhere.
Sims failed to catch his only target in the season finale against the Vikings, finishing the year with 15 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown.
Sims functioned as the primary blocking tight end for the Bears, and he should continue to function in a full-time role as he enters the second year of a three-year contract in 2018. However, the Bears will likely expect Adam Shaheen to emerge as the primary receiving tight end, so unless Shaheen struggles or gets injured, it's unlikely that Sims becomes a consistent fantasy option.
Sims caught one pass for nine yards in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Lions.
As often is the case, Sims primarily served as a blocker, and he was only targeted a single time despite Mitchell Trubisky throwing the football 46 times. With 15 or fewer yards in five of his last six games, he hasn't been a strong fantasy option this year.