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Broncos, Lions, Eagles Execute Three-Team Trade

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Broncos, Lions, Eagles Execute Three-Team Trade

You know it's a bizarre off-season in the NFL when an NBA-style three-team trade is executed, yet ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Detroit Lions have done just that.

According to Schefter, the Eagles will receive linebacker Ernie Sims from the Lions, who'll receive restricted free agent agent tight end Tony Scheffler from the Broncos, who'll receive an undisclosed draft choice, likely from the Eagles, who have eight selections in the first five rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Sims, who was the ninth overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, has started 56 of his 59 games in the NFL, totaling 420 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception for the Lions. A two-time defensive captain, Sims led the Lions in tackles in 2006-07, and finished second in 2008. Limited to just 11 games last season, Sims posted a career-low 49 tackles.

Sims is set to earn $1.8 million dollars in 2010, and will likely play weak-side linebacker for the Eagles.

A second-round pick (61st overall) out of Central Michigan by the Broncos in 2006, Scheffler has caught 138 passes for 1,896 yards and 14 touchdowns during his first four seasons in the NFL. A restricted free agent this off-season, Scheffler was tendered at the "Original Round" level, which carries a $1.176 million dollar base salary in 2010.

Like former teammate Brandon Marshall, Scheffler was benched by Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels for the team's "must-win" regular season finale.

ProFootballTalk.com adds that the Broncos will receive a fifth-round pick (137th overall) from the Eagles, while the Lions will receive a seventh-round pick (220th overall) from the Broncos.

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