Seahawks to sign former Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch
Per Sports Radio KJR, the Seattle Seahawks are signing quarterback Paxton Lynch.
The 2016 1st round pick by the Denver Broncos out of Memphis played 3 games in his rookie season and 2 in 2017 before being released last year.
— Sports Radio KJR (@SportsRadioKJR) January 17, 2019
Lynch was the starting quarterback at Memphis for three years. In his freshman year, he threw for over 2,056 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Over the next couple of years, Lynch drastically improved. He threw for 3,031 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Then his junior year is when he really broke out, throwing for 3,776 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He was then drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. After the draft, Lynch signed a four year, $9.4 million contract that was $7.88 million guaranteed. He was set to make 1.31 million until Denver cut him after last year’s preseason.
He has since only started four NFL games. He threw for 792 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He had a 61.7 percent completion rate as well as a quarterback rating of under 30.
Lynch hasn’t played an NFL down in over two years. Since this past year, he’s worked out for nearly a quarter of the NFL, including the Packers, Titans, Seahawks, Jaguars, Bills, Lions, Eagles, Buccaneers, Dolphins and Redskins.
The Seahawks had been looking for a backup behind Russell Wilson moving forward. Before this, he was the only QB on the active roster. Brett Hundley is now a free agent, and likely won’t be returning.
Wilson hasn’t missed a game since 2012. Still, Seattle still needs insurance behind their franchise player. Lynch will have the opportunity to step in and be his backup moving forward.