The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to deal guard Rob Sims to the Detroit Lions. According to ESPN.com, the Seahawks will send Rob Sims and a seventh-round pick to Detroit in exchange for a fifth-round pick and defensive end Robert Henderson.
There has been heavy speculation that Sims would be dealt, especially after he signed his one-year tender that would precede any trade agreement. The Seahawks have made it clear that Sims is not a good fit in their zone-blocking scheme and he wasn’t in their future plans.
The Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil picked up on the Henderson deal, originally reported to be a separate trade that involved swapping the seventh-round pick. Turns out the deal was only a part of a larger package that involved Rob Sims.
Sims hasn’t developed much in his time in Seattle, but he still has potential in the NFL. He was doomed to fail as the “guy replacing Steve Hutchinson.” After Sims proved he was a better fit in a man-blocking scheme, he was expendable and a trade was inevitable.
Robert Henderson, a second-year player out of Southern Mississippi, was originally drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants. An ankle injury forced Henderson to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve. After being waived by New York last September, he spent time in Jacksonville and Detroit.
Henderson joins Seattle with very little playing experience; most of his time in the National Football League has been spent as a practice-squad player.
Fifth-round pick (133rd overall)
DE Robert Henderson
Seventh-round pick (213th overall)
OG Rob Sims