When the Lions traded for Rob Sims earlier this year, the hope was that he would put an end to what has been a revolving door at the left guard position. Well, considering that he signed a four-year extension today, I'd say he has done just that and more, especially since we're only four games into the season.
"We don't do a lot of renegotiating during the season, but in this case it just made sense," said Lions president Tom Lewand. "Rob is a young guy who has really solidified our offensive line." The Lions had searched for years to plug the left guard spot on the offensive line before they acquired Sims.
"We liked Rob for a lot of reasons when we traded for him and he has validated all the things we saw," Lewand said. "He's been a great fit in the locker room and a great fit schematically on the field."
This is great news, as the Lions finally have a "franchise" left guard. One of the main reasons the offensive line has struggled so much over the years is because there was a lack of a solid and consistent starter at left guard. That is why the Lions traded for Sims, and for only a fifth-round pick, they now have a talented starter at left guard locked up through at least 2014.