Report: Arizona Cardinals Release Ernie Sims


Jul 26, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; General view of Arizona Cardinals gloves on a fan during training camp at University of Phoenix. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Dalton of the Arizona Cardinals, the team has made a roster move with the release of linebacker, Ernie Sims.

Sims was signed to the team in June and was left with the task of catching up with the defensive schemes. It looks as though he didn’t succeed in this task and coach Bruce Arians said Sims “wasn’t doing so well.”

Ernie Sims was buried on the recent depth chart, so the release from the Cardinals could mean one of two things. It is possible that Arians and the Cards are in the process of signing another linebacker to replace Ernie, or they are extending the courtesy to allow him to make moves with another team and latch on to them while it is still preseason.

Darren Urban of said it best, “If you have a veteran who doesn’t really have a chance of making the team — and Sims clearly wasn’t going to surpass Kevin Minter, Lorenzo Alexander, Larry Foote or Kenny Demens at inside linebacker at this point — you’d rather move on and not expose him to injury in a game that could cause an IR trip and/or a drain on the salary cap.”

With Jake Ballard’s retirement announcement yesterday and the release of Ernie Sims today, the Cardinals roster is now at 88 with two open spots.

It is thought that signings to fill these positions will happen within the next two days.