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Bucs re-sign Charles Sims to one-year deal

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The former Mountaineer is back without ever really leaving.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Charles Sims will get one more year to show what he can do.
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The Bucs have re-signed former third-round pick Charles Sims to a one-year deal, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Sims had his best year in 2015, recording over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns while serving as an all-purpose, third-down back. A severe knee injury limited to him to just seven games in 2016 and he really hasn’t been the same since.

The move now gives Tampa three running backs heading into tonight’s draft. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers will serve as the primary backs with Sims most likely retaining his third-down role.

The timing is interesting considering that the draft is loaded with multiple three-down backs and even third-down specialists. Maybe the Bucs think they can grab Quenton Nelson at seven and the improved offensive line will make room for whomever is the backfield? That seems a tad arrogant, but hey, this is the NFL. People make millions off arrogance.

Regardless, the move now makes it seem a bit unlikely that the Bucs will invest highly in a running back, but we will find out for sure tonight and this weekend.