JACKSONVILLE — Mike Sims-Walker (formerly Mike Walker) has played his last down as a Jacksonville Jaguar, according to Tanya Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. Sims-Walker also confirmed the move via Twitter, writing “its [sic] official, I personally wanna thank all the fans in jacksonville who stuck with me the last 4 years but sorry to say my time is up!!!”
The Jaguars drafted the receiver in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. After battling the injury bug for his first two seasons, Sims-Walker had a quasi-breakout year in 2009, catching 63 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns.[smartads]
He was expected to be the Jaguars go-to receiver in 2010, but his on-field struggles, the emergence of Mike Thomas, and the injury bug, prevented him from doing so.
Sims-Walker finished 2010 with 43 catches for 562 yards.
The Jaguars acquired WR Jason Hill in midseason, and his emergence late in the year likely had something to do with Sims-Walker’s departure. The Jaguars announced yesterday that they’d inked Hill to a two-year deal.
Hill spoke of stability and said “hard work pays off” when discussing the contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.
Hill was drafted by the 49ers just four picks before the Jaguars drafted Sims-Walker in 2007.
The Jaguars also resigned reserve defensive backs Tyron Brackenridge and David Jones. And, as expected, Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis signed his franchise tender. The parties are expected to reach a long-term extension.
Earlier in the week, the Jaguars resigned backup quarterback Luke McCown, likely ending Trent Edwards’ stint as a Jaguar.
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