Outspoken Sims likes direction Raiders are headed

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - If Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Pat Sims decides to go into broadcasting, it will have to be through satellite radio.

The 310-pound veteran isn't shy about offering his views on any topic, and his responses are raw and unfiltered.

Sims was that way a year ago when he openly questioned his future in Oakland and bemoaned the team's losing ways. He eventually signed a one-year deal worth $1.45 million to come back.

Nothing's changed since.

Sims is still one of the most outspoken players on the Raiders roster. Only now he's got more support along the defensive line and better depth behind him.

That depth is critical because Sims is coming off a season in which he started all 16 games and was on the field for 693 plays - nearly 150 more than he had any other season.


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