Former Western Michigan standout tight-end and Chelsea native Tony Scheffler is headed to the Lions as Detroit yesterday was involved in a three team trade with the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. The Lions parted ways with weak-side linebacker Ernie Sims, who leaves for Philadelphia.
Scheffler comes to Detroit from Denver, with the Broncos also giving the Lions a seventh-round pick in the draft coming up later this week. Denver gets a fifth-round pick this year from the Eagles. The 27-year old Scheffler is a former second round pick and over four seasons, all with the Broncos, had 138 catches for nearly 19-hundred yards and 14 touchdowns.
Detroit needed some insurance at tight end with last year’s first round draft pick Brandon Pettigrew working his way back from a torn A-C-L suffered in late November. The 25-year old Sims had spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Lions, who selected him ninth overall in the 2006 draft out of Florida State. He posted more than 100 tackles in his first three years while playing in all 16 games in each season, and then had 49 tackles in 11 games in 2009.