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Tony Scheffler To Lions, Ernie Sims To Eagles

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

The Denver Broncos parted ways with another offensive talent in tight end Tony Scheffler just days before the NFL draft begins. This move was made in a three way trade that saw the Lions gain Scheffler as they sent line backer Ernie Sims to the Eagles. The Eagles parted ways with a fifth round pick that went to the Broncos.

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The Broncos continue to trade off proven talent, they will need to replace that talent with rookie potential. This is not a good sign that the Broncos will be in contention for a playoff spot throughout the season.

Eagles Upgrade On Defense

As for the Lions, they gave up on Sims, who missed five games last season due to injury. Former GM Matt Millen noted that he hasn’t given up on Sims to be a solid player, and I haven’t as well. It’s hard to be on a losing team when you’re on the field way to long and don’t have a solid supporting cast around you.

Now, Sims has a chance to play with a successful Eagles defense and in a great system. This should help the former high round draft pick to succeed.

Lions Add Another Weapon

In Scheffler the Lions have another offensive weapon as this tight end is mostly good for his pass catching abilities. Last years first round pick Brandon Pettigrew is more of a blocking tight end and is still recovering from a torn acl last season. Those injuries tend to take more than a year to fully comeback from, so having Scheffler is a nice upgrade.

Don’t expect Scheffler to stay with the Lions after this season as he is in a contract year and by next offseason Pettigrew should be fully recovered.

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