Chiefs release DE Hicks; trade DT Sims to Bucs

May 1, 2007 - 7:45 PM KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Defensive end Eric Hicks will not make it to a 10th season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive tackle Ryan Sims is not returning either.

Hicks was released and Sims was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft pick.

Both became expendable after Saturday's draft. The Chiefs selected Tennessee defensive end Turk McBride in the second round and North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler in the third round.

Hicks, 30, played in 128 games over nine seasons with the Chiefs and recorded 44 1/2 sacks - the fifth highest total in club history - and 574 tackles.

However, Hicks played sparingly last season as a backup, compiling just seven tackles.

"Eric has been an excellent football player for the Kansas City Chiefs and a superb representative of this organization in the community these past nine years," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said.

In 2000, Hicks recorded a career-high 14 sacks, despite missing three games with a knee injury.

The 6-6, 280-pound Hicks began his career with the Chiefs in 1998, when he appeared in three games after becoming the only college free agent to make the club's roster.

A first-round pick in 2002, Sims was a bust with the Chiefs. He started 36 of 59 games and recorded 149 tackles, 79 solo, five sacks, 36 quarterback pressures and an interception.

Sims, 27, will likely serve as a backup to starters Chris Hovan and Ellis Wyms in Tampa Bay.

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