The Detroit Lions have released tight end Tony Scheffler, who last played Oct. One recent issue, though, was Scheffler's drops. A Chelsea native who played at Western Michigan, Scheffler was in the final year of his contract and said during training camp he wanted to finish his career with the Lions. In seven-plus NFL seasons, including four with the Broncos, Scheffler had 258 catches for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns, six of which came during the Lions' 10-6 season in 2011. The Lions are saying goodbye to a veteran tight end and picking up a veteran offensive lineman. native, is an eight-year NFL veteran who played four seasons with Denver before heading to the Lions before the 2010 season. Schefflers roster spot was taken by veteran offensive tackle Barry Richardson.