Charles Sims Signs With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Charles Sims (3) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against Iowa State Cyclones at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Iowa State Cyclones defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 52-44 in the third overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

After officially signing first round pick Mike Evans earlier today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to lock up their 2014 NFL draft class by agreeing to terms with Charles Sims.

Sims was picked in the third round, 69th overall, out of West Virginia.

The running back spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Houston before playing his final season with the Mountaineers.

He ran for 3,465 yards in his four seasons and also caught 203 passes for 2,108 yards. He had 51 total touchdowns.

According to, Sims will sign a four-year deal worth just short of $3.1 million. He’ll receive a signing bonus of nearly $685,000.

The selection of Sims caught a number of people offside, in large part because running back is one of Tampa’s deepest positions since they already have Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey.

However, the versatility of Sims is what attracted Lovie Smith and Jason Licht.

While Sims is a good runner, he’s just as good at catching passes out of the backfield. It’s expected that Sims will be the Bucs third-down back because of his explosiveness and good hands and speed. There’s also a possibility he lines up in the slot receiver position every now and then. Additionally, in rookie minicamp and mandatory minicamp, Sims has seen time as a kick returner so Smith is looking to get Sims involved as much as he can.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Bucs’ second round pick from Washington, is the only 2014 draft pick that remains unsigned.