Detroit Lions: Ernie Sims & Tony Scheffler Trade?

The Philadelphia Eagles made an interesting trade. It acquired linebacker Ernie Sims from the Detroit Lions as the Denver Broncos sent tight end Tony Scheffler to the Detroit Lions with an undisclosed draft pick heading to Denver.

Ernie Sims has spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Detroit 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, but had 49 tackles over 11 games in 2009.

Tony Scheffler played at Chelsea High and Western Michigan, and when reached by the Denver Post this morning, he answered by saying: “Restore the roar!”

What do you think about the trade?

asked by Leo in Football | 2915 views | 04-19-2010 at 06:14 PM

The move isn’t a surprise, Tony Scheffler, a restricted free agent, had been skipping the Broncos’ off-season program and it was very clear that the big pass catching TE was not in the Broncos plans.

Here’s the kicker, in order to facilitate the trade Scheffler only need to agree not to seek a new contract. So, he’ll be playing in Detroit for the exact tender that he signed with Denver. Scheffler would become an unrestricted free agent after this season if the league reaches a new collective bargaining agreement.

The trade improves the Detroit Lions, who shed a linebacker in Ernie Sims that didn't fit their scheme. Scheffler will help out on offense with Brandon Pettigrew, a first-round pick last season, working his way back from a torn ACL.

Ernie Sims, who the Lions selected with the No. 9 pick in the 2006 draft, is in the final year of his five-year rookie deal that will pay him $1.05 million this year.

The trade gives the Broncos 6 picks in the top 137, who had originally traded away their 5th Round pick last summer to acquire LeKevin Smith from the New England Patriots.

For the Eagles, they’ll get line-backing help that they need desperately. The Broncos wanted as high as a third-round pick for Scheffler, but that ain’t happening. Philly could be the team that benefits most from this deal.

All those these players aren't elite players buy they still are quality guys for any team. I am surprised this didn't get more publicity.

answered by Wood | 04-19-2010 at 06:20 PM

Sims will disappoint in Philly as he did in Detroit, the casual fan will enjoy his fire, but his 1st step is almost always wrong as to where the play is going.

Trading Sims was smart and getting another tight end is just as good.

answered by Zack | 04-19-2010 at 08:42 PM

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