By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Denver Broncos have released quarterback Paxton Lynch on Sunday, according to NFL.com. The Broncos claimed quarterback Kevin Hogan off waivers before Lynch’s release from the Washington Redskins.
Lynch was available in trade talks for the past several weeks. He became expandable after he lost the back up job to Chad Kelly in training camp.
Kelly, the former seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, will now back up starter Case Keenum. Hogan will likely be the third-string quarterback.
During the 2016 NFL Draft, the Broncos traded up from the 31st position to the 26th overall pick to draft Lynch. He signed a four-year, $9.4 million deal with the team.
He was guaranteed to receive $7.88 million of his contract. The Broncos will have some money left on their cap in dead cap space by making this move.
According to Spotrac.com, he was due to have a $1.31 million base salary in 2018.
He appeared in just two games with the Broncos last season.
By releasing Lynch, the Broncos are signaling that they made a mistake with his pick. He has not panned out like the Broncos had hoped, but these things happen as the odds of having a pick panning out does not always happen.
The 24-year-old went 0-2 last season, as he went 30 of 45 for 295 yards. He had two touchdowns and three interceptions.
During his rookie season in 2016, he went 1-1 in two starts, but made three appearances. He went 49 of 83 for 497 yards, along with two touchdowns and an interception.
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