The Detroit Lions have decided to part ways with tight end Tony Scheffler after four seasons.
Scheffler, 30, accumulated over 1,300 yards while with the team. His best year came in 2011 when he caught six touchdown passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford. In all, he had eight touchdowns and 120 reception. His sure hands provided a constant outlet for Stafford and he had a knack for stretching drives.
With the emergence of undrafted rookie free agent Joseph Fauria out of UCLA, Scheffler became expendable. The rookie has already scored five touchdowns this season and his playing time has expanded immensely. Scheffler can probably place the blame of his demise in Detroit on a nagging concussion that kept him out of a couple games; allowing Fauria to claim his place in the offense.
The Lions also made a move to sign offensive tackle Barry Richardson. The 27-year-old Clemson product was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. The six-year veteran has 49 starts to his name with the Chiefs, Rams, and Titans. He adds depth to the offensive line, especially at tackle, where Jason Fox has missed a number of games this season.
Scheffler shouldn’t be out of work for too long. I would expect a contender to add the veteran in the next few weeks. The Green Bay Packers may be an option with Jermichael Finely out indefinitely.