Scheffler is from the same draft class as Marshall, Dumervil, Chris Kuper and Jay Cutler. Mike Shanahan struck in rich in the 2006 draft - as far as talent goes. But pure talent doesn't always win games, especially if your style doesn't fit the new coach’s system.
From 2007 to 2008, Scheffler caught over 100 catches for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also leads all Tight Ends in yards-per-reception since he entered the league. But with McDaniels his stats fell, catching only 31 passes last season, and only scoring a career low two touchdowns.
The Broncos now have two Tight Ends on the roster, 8-year vet Daniel Graham, and 2nd-year blocking Tight End Richard Quinn. Getting another receiving Tight End is probably now on the Broncos to-do list.
Many fans are wondering why Denver got such low compensation for such a talented Tight End. Remember though, San Antonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. both went for only 5th rounders; the trade market is rough these days. Tony Scheffler was also very unhappy in Denver, he now returns to his hometown, and is "relieved". Obviously the Broncos wanted more in return, but because everyone knew Scheffler wanted out, his trade value probably dropped.
The Broncos now have a draft selection in all rounds save the last (7th), and two picks in the second round. If a player wants out he probably won't produce, so getting a bunch of draft picks to bring in players who want to play for your team isn't really a bad move by McDaniels. We wish Tony the best of luck.