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The Houston Texans Release Wide Receiver Steven Sims

The Houston Texans have made the decision to release wide receiver Steven Sims, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston. Sims had signed a one-year deal with the team in March after a successful visit during free agency.

Sims had previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he became a prominent contributor during the team's late-season run in 2022. He played in 34% of the Steelers' offensive snaps and finished eighth on the team with 14 catches for 104 yards. He also served as the team's primary kick and punt returner, adding 105 punt return yards and 435 kick return yards.

Despite his contributions, Sims was not tendered as a restricted free agent by the Steelers, making him a free agent. The Steelers could potentially look to bring him back if the value is right, but they have other options in the slot receiver position with players like Calvin Austin III, Gunner Olszewski, and Allen Robinson II.

Sims, 26, showed versatility as both a slot receiver and a return specialist. He had one career return touchdown during his rookie season with the Washington Football Team. The Steelers already have contingency plans in place for the return game with Calvin Austin III and Anthony McFarland.

Overall, Sims' release from the Texans gives him the opportunity to explore other options in the NFL. He has shown potential as a playmaker on offense and a dynamic returner on special teams, making him an attractive prospect for teams in need of those skills.

Definitions:
– Wide receiver: A position in American football responsible for catching passes from the quarterback.
– Restricted free agent: A player whose contract has expired, but the team retains certain rights to match any offers made by other teams.
– Slot receiver: A wide receiver who lines up in the slot, between an offensive tackle and the wide receiver on the line of scrimmage.
– Return specialist: A player who specializes in returning punts and kicks for the team on special teams.

Sources:
– Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston