Detroit Lions guard Rob Sims turned 30 years old on Dec. 6. For an NFL player, that can be a reflective age.
Sims has one year left on the five-year, $8 million deal he signed in 2010. He still continues to play at a high level, but he admitted earlier this week he has thought about his future.
"I think the mark that I’m going to leave on the game… I’m never going to be the guy that gets paid like Jahari Evans or Logan Mankins," Sims said. "I’ll never be that guy. I know that and I’ve come to grips with that.
"My legacy and Dominic’s (Raiola) legacy will be leaving a foundation here for our offensive line play of the future."
All three of those players, along with Sims and Raiola, helped form one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, a unit that gave up the second-fewest sacks (23) and paved the way for the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004.
"There is a certain way we go about our business and there’s a certain culture we go about our business," Sims said of the current offensive line unit.
"When I’m long gone and me and Dom are 45 years old, we come back and look at each other like, ‘We helped build something special.’ That’s what I’ll have to hang my hat on."