The Lions need a left guard and Rob Sims would be a solid option if the two sides can strike a deal for the veteran to return.
However, talks have stalled between the Lions' front office and Sims' representation. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said it's been nearly a month since he's spoken to Sims' camp.
"We've had some discussion with Rob," Mayhew said, via MLive.com. "I spoke to his agent probably about three weeks ago and we had an offer out to him. That's kind of where we are right now. We'll have to kind of wait and see what happens."
The Lions could still opt to draft a lineman early to fill the position, too.
Sims, who entered the NFL in 2006, has been with the Lions for the past five seasons.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said that the team would "love" to bring back guard Rob Sims, per the Detroit News.
"We've been in contact with Rob, and we've had some dialogue with him about a contract," Mayhew told local reporters at the NFL annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort.
Sims came out and stated that the feeling is mutual about returning to the team.
"We would love to be back," Sims said in February, speaking about his wife. "We built a life here…. We want to be able to finish our work here that we started with this. We have businesses here. We've played good ball here.
"If (my career) stopped tomorrow, Detroit would have a huge place in my heart because of the things we've been able to do here. We would love to finish what we started."
The 31-year-old is entering his 10th season in the NFL, five of which have been with the Lions.
Free agent guard Justin Blalock, who spent his first eight seasons with the Falcons, is visiting the Lions on Thursday, reports MLive.com. Blalock, 31, has missed only three games since entering the starting lineup in 2007.
He could supplant Rob Sims at left guard.
Lions guard Rob Sims is hoping to return to Detroit for a sixth season after being traded to the team in 2010.
"The 10 years previous of me being here there had been 16 other guards," Sims said shortly after the season ended for Detroit. "That’s enough. Me holding it down for five years, I’m proud of that."
The 31-year-old veteran is proud to call Detroit home.
"This is our home," Sims said. "My children were born here. Me and my wife have built our family here and bought businesses here. Detroit is never ever going to leave me. My heart and my charity work will always be here. But yeah, I would love to stay here, love to."
Sims is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
The Lions have cleared all their probables for their Sunday game against Chicago, including premier wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle). Among the other significant proables given the thumbs-up are linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness).
The Lions ruled defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) out and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bears.
Meanwhile, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (illness), defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (not injury related), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness) were labeled as probable.
The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Lions G Rob Sims is probable Week 5 against the Packers.
Sims has been dealing with a shoulder injury. He was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to return Friday.
Lions players listed as probable on the injury report are ready to go Week 4.
Safety Louis Delmas, CB Chris Houston, LB DeAndre Levy, LB Ashlee Palmer and G Rob Sims have all been cleared to play against Chicago.
The Lions are dealing with injuries along the offensive line heading into Week 4 against the Bears, and it is not clear how many of their injured options will be able to play Sunday.
Tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard were both limited in practice Friday as they continue to deal with groin injuries, while guard Rob Sims is probable with a shoulder injury.
Lions guard Rob Sims is active and playing in the Week 3 game at Washington on Sunday. Sims was listed on the Lions' official injury report entering Sunday's game due to a knee injury. He was considered probable, however.