"I'm just real excited," Sims said. "I'm ready for a new beginning."
Last season, the Eagles tried numerous combinations at linebacker -- seven different players started at least one game at one of three spots. But Sims, the ninth overall pick by Detroit in the 2006 NFL Draft, is a versatile player who can go on all three downs. He played weakside linebacker in Detroit and likely will compete with Akeem Jordan for the starting job in Philadelphia.
"I've been competing my whole life," Sims said. "I don't expect to come in and just be handed a job. I expect to come in and work for my position."
Sims, 25, missed five games last season because of shoulder and hamstring injuries. He has 420 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 59 games, including 56 starts.
Detroit seems to have created a void at linebacker, trading Sims and choosing not to re-sign Larry Foote.
Scheffler, a restricted free agent, had been skipping the Broncos' offseason program. Drafted out of Western Michigan in the second round in 2006, Scheffler scored a career-low two touchdowns last season despite starting a career-high nine games. He was plagued by injuries throughout his time with the Broncos.
Scheffler is the latest member of Denver's exceptional 2006 draft class to depart since coach Josh McDaniels replaced Mike Shanahan 15 months ago. Scheffler joins quarterback Jay Cutler, who was traded to the Chicago Bears last year, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins last week.
Scheffler was one of several holdovers from the Shanahan era who saw their roles reduced under McDaniels last season, and he was suspended for the season finale, along with Marshall, because of his attitude.
Still, Scheffler's departure means the Broncos have a void at tight end, where Daniel Graham is almost exclusively a blocker and second-year pro Richard Quinn, a second-round pick last year, has yet to catch his first NFL pass. Quinn's only contribution during his rookie season was returning one kickoff for 19 yards.
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