ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seattle Seahawks have traded restricted free agent guard Rob Sims to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fifth-round pick (133rd overall).
Schefter adds the Seahawks have also shipped a seventh-round pick (213th overall) to the Lions for second-year defensive end Robert Henderson.
Henderson was a sixth-round pick by the New York Giants in 2008. The 6-3, 278-pounder from Southern Mississippi spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve (ankle) and was waived after the 2009 pre-season, during which he posted five tackles, including one for a loss.
Henderson spent three weeks on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before being waived. The Lions added Henderson to their practice squad in Week 6, where he spent the remainder of the 2009 season. He is signed through the 2011 season at the minimum base salaries ($320,000 in 2010; $405,000 in 2011).
A fourth-round pick (128th overall) out of Ohio State by the Seahawks in 2006, Sims was tendered at the "Original Round" level, requiring a fourth-round pick as compensation should another team sign him to an offer sheet. Sims was advised by the Seahawks to stay away from the team's off-season workout program as they attempted to find him a new team. In the hopes of expediting a trade, Sims signed his one-year tender last week.
Sims drew interest from the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers, as well as the Lions. The 6-3, 312-pound guard is the second Seahawks restricted free agent to have been traded this off-season, joining defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Chris Clemons and a fourth-round pick (127th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Seahawks restricted free agent center Chris Spencer and wide receiver Ben Obomanu have yet to sign their one-year tenders.
Sims started 34 of his 45 games with the Seahawks, including 14 games in 2009 after missing nearly all of 2008 with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the season-opener against the Buffalo Bills.
With Sims officially off the roster, the Seahawks are expected to sign a veteran left guard to play between inexperienced center Max Unger (3 starts at center in 2009) and what could potentially be a first-round pick at left tackle, provided Walter Jones is unable to recover from knee surgery that wiped out his entire 2008 season. Free agent guards Chester Pitts (Texans) and Ben Hamilton (Broncos) visited the Seahawks last month, and each player has a lengthy history with Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs.
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