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Broncos trade Scheffler, get fifth rounder

Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
NFL draft picks Jay Cutler, left, a quarterback from Vanderbilt, and Tight end Anthony "Tony" Scheffler, right, from Western Michigan, hold Broncos' jerseys at the Broncos' headquarters in Denver, on Sunday, April 30, 2006. Cutler was the Broncos first round draft pick and the 11th player chosen on Saturday and Anthony "Tony" Scheffler was selected in the second round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round draft pick have been traded to the Detroit Lions in a three-team trade that sends the Philadelphia Eagles’ fifth-round draft choice to Denver and Detroit outside linebacker Ernie Sims, a former top 10 draft pick, to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Restore the Roar!” Scheffler said this morning as he answered the phone, referring to the Lions’ slogan.

Scheffler grew up a Lions’ fan in Chelsea, Mich., an hour’s drive from Detroit.

“I was just talking to my brother about that,” Scheffler said. “It’s going to be surreal walking into that locker room and putting on those clothes for the first time.”

He’ll pinch himself soon enough. The Lions are having an organized training activity Tuesday and they’ve asked Scheffler to be there.

Say this for the Broncos: They have taken the high road when it comes to granting the wishes of disgruntled stars who want out.

Star quarterback Jay Cutler demanded a trade last year and the Broncos worked out a deal with the Chicago Bears, the team he rooted for while growing up in Indiana.

Brandon Marshall made it clear he wanted out and the Broncos traded their top receiver last week to Miami, which is down the road from his hometown in Orlando.

And now the talented Scheffler will go home, again.

“It’s ironic it ended up that way,” Scheffler said. “I think something had to be done, but the way it worked out for all of us I think we’re all excited.”

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