Detroit Lions Release Tony Scheffler

Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler jumps over Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain. AP

Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler jumps over Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain.
AP

In order to make room for new offensive tackle Barry Richardson, the Detroit Lions decided to release tight end Tony Scheffler. The move was announced Tuesday afternoon, and ends Scheffler’s time with his hometown team.

Scheffler, who joined the Lions back in 2010 after being dealt  to Detroit in a three-team trade. The Lions, who sent Ernie Sims to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Denver Broncos sent Scheffler to the Lions. In his first season with the Lions, Scheffler  caught 45 passes for 378 yards and 1 touchdown. A year later, he caught 26 passes for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last season, he finished with 42 catches for 504 yards, but had 1 touchdown.

This year, with the emergence of Joseph Fauria, and Scheffler having problems with catching the ball, it became clear that he wasn’t going to be a factor  in the Lions’ future plans. Scheffler is currently in the final year of his contract anyway, and with suffering yet another concussion this season, it wasn’t even clear if he was going to return at all.

With Scheffler out, the Lions currently only have Brandon Pettigrew and Fauria at tight end.

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