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Now that longtime Raider Barry Sims officially joined the 49ers on Monday, the unofficial swap of Bay Area offensive linemen is complete _ ex-49er Kwame Harris having traded in his red & gold gear for Oakland garb earlier this offseason.
The natural question is who is a better fit for their new team, Harris with the Raiders or Sims with the 49ers? Click on the link and cast your vote.
Sims was, at worst, a serviceable starter for years with the Raiders. Some might say he was a solid starter _ those might be the ones who choose to ignore Sims’ meeting with Simeon Rice in San Diego.
Sims, though, didn’t seem a great fit for Tom Cable’s zone-blocking scheme. Sims, who started most of his nine years with the Raiders, signed a two-year deal with San Francisco because the 49ers are giving him a chance to compete with Jonas Jennings for the right tackle spot.
Harris, who showed flashes early in his 49ers career, had become a frequent target of disgruntled 49ers fans after some unbelievably poor performances. It is hoped that Harris’ fortunes will improve under Cable’s system. Harris has been given the chance to become JaMarcus Russell’s MIP (Most Important Protector) as the Raiders’ starting left tackle.
Can Harris hack it?
Would you have rather the Raiders kept Sims around?
We’ll find some answers over the next couple of months as training camp and the preseason games begin.