Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Lynch on board for Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Paxton Lynch got his first taste Friday of what it's like as a quarterback in QB-crazed Denver.

When the Super Bowl champion Broncos opened a two-day rookie minicamp, a dozen TV videographers, four still photographers and dozens of reporters focused on the Memphis quarterback and Sports Illustrated cover boy.

Oh, and John Elway.

With Peyton Manning retired and longtime backup Brock Osweiler with Houston, Elway — Denver's general manager and Hall of Fame ex-quarterback — drafted Lynch, his potential franchise QB, 26th overall last week.

"Like I said before I even got a chance to be drafted, I would be blessed to be anywhere and now I'm here as a Bronco and I'm really excited," Lynch said. "I'm just really glad I got a practice under my belt."

Veteran Mark Sanchez also joined Denver in the offseason. But Elway said on Denver radio station 760-AM that Lynch has a chance to prove himself this season, and perhaps even start at some point.

"Is that going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know when it can happen," Elway said. "We think he's going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think."

Signings: Laremy Tunsil, the offensive lineman from Ole Miss who fell to the Dolphins at No. 13 overall in the draft, signed a $12.45 million, four-year deal before rookie minicamp. Other first-round draft choices to sign four-year deals included Robert Nkemdiche (Cardinals, $8.6 million total value), Keanu Neal (Falcons, more than $10 million) and Eli Apple (Giants, $15.1 million).

Raiders: Defensive lineman Mario Edwards, a former Florida State standout sidelined last season by a neck injury, said he was cleared to play.

Titans: Tight end Delanie Walker agreed to a multi-year contract extension; the NFL Network reported it was for two years with $8.2 million guaranteed.

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