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LB Ernie Sims

On being traded to a successful franchise: "I'm just really excited. That part of my career (in Detroit) is over with and I'm ready for a new beginning. I've been watching Philadelphia for a long time and my (Florida State) teammate, (DT) Brodrick Bunkley, I've been watching him on film and everything and I've seen the success they've had. I'm just excited to be a part of it."

On how he sees himself fitting into the rotation and possibly starting: "The type of player that I am, I've been competing my whole life ever since I was a little kid. I don't expect to come in and just be handed a job. I expect to come in and work for my position. I have no idea what the linebackers' roles are. I do know (LB Omar) Gaither, I met him over the past years but, other than that, I just want to come in and prove to the coaches that I am the player that I am."

On whether he played the strongside or weakside position with Detroit: "I can play both sides. To be honest with you, I can play all three of them."

* On where he played the most with Detroit:*
"Pretty much, we played left and right. It depends on whatever formation the offense comes out of; strongside or weakside. On third down packages, I played a little bit of MIKE, also."

On whether he covered tight ends or had different defensive assignments: "In some cases, if you play the strongside, if I was to the strongside, then I did have to cover the tight ends."

On whether he is healthy after playing only 11 games in 2009: "Oh yeah, I'm healthy now. Last year during the season, I went into the season real healthy. I was coming off of shoulder surgery a couple years ago. Coming into the season, I felt real strong. I got hurt the second game of the season in the Minnesota game. It was kind of a freak accident. At the end of the game, the game was pretty much over. (Vikings RB) Chester Taylor was trying to stay in bounds to keep the clock running and I went to go hit him and I lunged at him, he ducked, and I flew right over him and my shoulder hit the hard carpet on the turf. I sprained my AC joint. That was kind of a freak accident. I came back strong from that during the season and, in the Seattle game, probably a little later in the season, I tore my hamstring. I was running and an offensive lineman pushed me in the back and I hyper-extended my leg and I ended up tearing my hamstring. That was the first time that I ever tore my hamstring. Both of those injuries I came back strong from and I have no problem right now."

On whether he still has to take a physical from the Eagles: "I plan on doing the physical tomorrow."

On why things didn't come together in Detroit: "In Detroit, they tried to put everything all together. They tried so many things, they tried so many solutions but I just think it didn't work. We had different head coaches, different defensive coordinators, even different GMs. I loved it in Detroit, but it just didn't work out."

On what the Eagles expect from him: "The only person I talked to was (general manager) Howie (Roseman) and Coach (Andy) Reid. I haven't talked any football. I just talked to Coach Andy Reid and he just told me that he's excited to have me. I'm just excited to get up there and get to work. He told me that the players are in the offseason workouts right now, so I'm ready to jump in and learn as much as I can right now. I'm like a sponge right now."

On whether he wanted to stay in Detroit and be part of the turnaround: "Most definitely. Some of the players like (C) Dominic Raiola and (T) Jeff Backus – those are the guys that were there when I first got there. Even the guys that are there right now, I've worked hard with them. I've shed tears, I've shed blood, I've worked long hours with them. That was the biggest thing that was hard for me, to leave them. I've gone through a lot on the field with them. Yes, I'm excited to get out there and be on a great team but, at the same time, it was hard for me to leave there, also."

On whether he was surprised with his role in Detroit last season: "My role last year was kind of fluky. The reason I say that is because I was injured, new coaches and they had new things; it was kind of awkward. I was talking with my agent and he told me that there was a possibility that I (could get traded). I was willing to work like it was a regular day, like I was going to work. (Lions general manager) Martin Mayhew told me what the deal was. I'm just really excited, though."

On what he knows about the Eagles defense: "Yes, I do know that they're a 4-3 defense. That's what I've been playing pretty much my whole life. I talked to a couple players that played there, and they said that they like blitzing a lot, and that's something that I thrive at. Wherever the coaches want me to fit in, they're getting one of the hardest workers – I'm going to go out there and give them 110 percent."

* On his reaction to the Donovan McNabb trade:*
"To be honest with you, yes, I thought it was a great surprise. Just as much as I thought that was surprising, I was very surprised when they told me that I was traded, also. I just always try to remember that this is a business."

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