The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with rookie first-round quarterback Paxton Lynch on a four-year deal, according to 9NEWS' Mike Klis. Denver selected eight players in the 2016 NFL Draft and they've signed each and every one of them.
Based on the NFL's slotted system, Lynch's contract will have a total value of around $9.5 million, but he gets $5,091,860 up front as a signing bonus.
Also, as a first round pick, the contract has a fifth-year option, meaning that if Lynch turns out to be the player they hope he is, the Broncos can option an additional year on his rookie contract, keeping him from free agency for one extra season.
Lynch is still in the process of assimilating to professional life. Since mini-camp opened up little more than two weeks ago, Lynch received first team reps, split evenly among he, Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez.
This week, however, has seen Sanchez play exclusively with the first-teamers, with Lynch bringing up the rear with the third team. Its still a fluid position. The Broncos have yet to announce an official depth chart.
“For now we’re doing what we’re doing and we’re kind of mixing up the reps like we have been, so we just kind of started the week like this," Lynch said Tuesday. "I’m not sure if this is permanent or what. I am where I am, so I’m still getting my reps. Even when I’m not in, I’m watching those guys and getting the reps I can when they’re going and when I’m going they’re getting my reps.”
Training camp and preseason performance will determine the true depth chart heading into the regular season. For now, Lynch will continue to try and prove himself.
“The biggest thing is, when they’re calling the play and I hear it in the headset," he said, "I’m just saying it to myself out loud so I can get used to it. It’s just like calling a play in the huddle. I go through my footwork, my reads and my progressions just like I’m out there going through the play myself.”
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