Sims agrees to one-year deal with 49ers

Veteran free-agent offensive tackle Barry Sims today agreed to terms with the 49ers on a one-year contract that will pay him up to $2.1 million, including incentives, for the 2010 season.

Sims fills a valuable role for the 49ers as the “swing tackle.” He has experience playing left and right tackle. Because teams generally keep only one backup tackle on their 45-man game-day roster, the backup must be able to play both sides.

Sims, an 11-year veteran, played in all 16 games for the 49ers last season. He started seven games at left tackle, and played well, when starter Joe Staley was out with a knee injury.

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