The Detroit Lions and tight end Tony Scheffler have decided to extend their working relationship.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Scheffler will stick around his hometown team for the next three years after coming to terms with the team on a contract extension. Scheffler grew up in nearby Chelsea, Michigan, went to Western Michigan and came to the Lions from the Broncos in a trade days before the draft for a fifth-round pick.
The Lions have made the tight ends a focus of their passing game this season. Scheffler has 24 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown in five games this season. That’s tied for fifth in receptions among the league’s tight ends but only good for second on the Lions. Brandon Pettigrew has 26 catches so far.
Full financial terms aren’t known at this time, but Klis does peg the signing bonus at $2 million. Scheffler was a restricted free agent this offseason and is playing this season for the $1.176 million he was tendered by the Lions.