NFC Notes: Sims, Redskins, Boone, Vikings

Veteran guard Rob Sims hasn’t spoken to the Lions about a new contract as he enters the final year of his deal, and both he and the team are prepared to wait until the offseason to address the issue. As Sims tells Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, he’d like to remain a Lion beyond this season, but he knows the decision may ultimately be out of his hands. “I would love to be here, I’ve done a lot of stuff with charity, I’ve done a lot of stuff with business around the city, and I would love to finish what I started here as far as trying to help build this offensive line,” Sims said. “But, hey, when I was in Seattle five years ago, I thought for sure, ‘Oh, I’ll be a Seahawk for life.’ So I’m a little less naïve to the fact.”

More from the NFC:

  • The Redskins have appealed a June ruling that canceled several of the team’s trademarks, reports the Washington Times. The original decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board had no empirical effect on the Redskins, as the team still reserves the right seek legal action against unauthorized uses of its trademarks.
  • Alex Boone is steadfast in his holdout from 49ers camp, but it’s been a costly decision. Per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Boone’s fines are piling up — the guard is subject to nearly $900K in penalties, which includes a $30K daily fine for missing training camp, the loss of a portion of his 2011 signing bonus, and a missed offseason workout bonus. If Boone does end up reporting to San Francisco’s facilities, the team would likely forgive the fines, as the Seahawks did with Marshawn Lynch.
  • The Vikings have a healthy competition at strong safety, writes Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and head coach Mike Zimmer isn’t guaranteeing that Jamarca Sanford, who started 13 games at FS last year, will remain atop the depth chart. “We’re going to divide it up,” said Zimmer. “I want to play these guys quite a bit this week. I want to see how it goes from there and then try to figure out the rest of the pecking order as we get going. Hopefully, this will be a big week for those safeties.”

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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