The Eagles have acquired LB Ernie Sims from the Lions in a three-way trade on Monday. The Lions also landed TE Tony Scheffler from Denver, with the Broncos getting draft picks.
“Ernie Sims is an impact player at the linebacker position,” said head coach Andy Reid. “He brings a lot of energy to our already energized defense. We are looking forward to adding him to our team.”
The Eagles sent a fifth-round pick (137th overall, acquired from Cleveland) to the Broncos. The Broncos also traded a seventh-round pick (220th overall) to the Lions.
Sims was the final remaining first-round pick made by former Lions GM Matt Millen prior to 2007 who remained with the team. Although Sims started most of last season, he suffered a shoulder injury and has a history of concussions. The Lions' coaches also wanted Sims to play a more disciplined brand of football in Jim Schwartz's schemes, but Sims was prone to freelancing.
In Philadelphia, he likely will start at weak-side linebacker.
“We are excited to acquire Ernie Sims,” said general manager Howie Roseman. “He plays fast, he’s aggressive and his style is a great fit for our defensive scheme. He is a leader who was a team captain for the Lions, and we are eager to see what he can do in our defense.”
The Lions have landed a pass-catching tight end in Scheffler who played locally at Western Michigan. He will provide insurance for TE Brandon Pettigrew, who is coming off an ACL injury, and Casey FitzSimmons, who retired because of repeated concussions.
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