Scheffler Agreed to Not Seek New Contract From Lions

One of the conditions of the three-team trade that sent restricted free agent tight end Tony Scheffler to the Detroit Lions was Scheffler's willingness to not seek a long-term contract from Detroit, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

Scheffler was tendered at the "Original Round" level, which carries a $1.176 million dollar base salary for 2010. Lions guard Rob Sims, a restricted free agent the Lions acquired from the Seattle Seahawks, has also not had talks with Detroit on a long-term contract and will earn the same $1.176 million dollar base salary Scheffler will this season.

A native of Chelsea, Michigan, Scheffer sounds excited about playing in his hometown, and with second-year quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"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.

"Just hearing Jay (Cutler) talk about him (Stafford)--their personalities are different but I think they’re very similar about how they play on the field," Scheffler told Klis. "I’m looking forward to playing with a young quarterback who has an arm like that."

After catching 89 passes for 1,194 yards and 8 touchdowns between the 2007-08 seasons, Scheffler's production dipped to 31 receptions for 416 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first season with Kyle Orton running new head coach Josh McDaniels' offense.

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