During his pre-draft news conference last week, Broncos general manager George Paton said a decision on outside linebacker Bradley Chubb’s fifth-year contract would come “after the draft.”
The Broncos confirmed Chubb’s option was exercised Friday afternoon.
Chubb’s 2022 salary is a guaranteed $12.716 million and this year’s salary of $4.37 million is also guaranteed.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, Chubb met the criteria of being named to the Pro Bowl in one of his first three years, which means his ’22 salary is the transition tag amount this year.
Chubb is eligible for a contract extension that could possibly lower his ’22 cap number.
In the 2018 draft, the Broncos had a trade arranged with Buffalo to move out of the fifth spot and the Bills were going to take quarterback Josh Allen. But then-general manager John Elway said the trade was off if Chubb was on the board, which he was when Cleveland took cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4. The Bills eventually got Allen.
Chubb, 24, has 20 1/2 sacks, 123 tackles and four forced fumbles in 34 career games. As a rookie, he had 12 sacks, but his 2019 season ended in Week 4 due to a torn ACL.
Chubb rebounded with seven sacks last while playing 68% of the defensive snaps.
Bridgewater deal done. The Broncos filed the paperwork with the NFL office Friday afternoon to make the trade for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater official in exchange for a sixth-round pick on Saturday.
The Broncos and Panthers agreed to terms on Wednesday, but Bridgewater had to travel to the Denver area for his physical and also sign his re-structured contract.
Paton and coach Vic Fangio met with Drew Lock once the trade was nearing completion.
“We’ve been upfront with Drew from the day I arrived (in January),” Paton said. “We told him that our goal was to bring competition into the room. He likes the competition and nothing fazes Drew. He is on a mission this offseason — he’s here every morning and he stays late. He is doing all of the right things. We’re excited to see his progress as we move forward.”
Footnote. Will rookie cornerback Pat Surtain II take advantage of the recently-passed NFL jersey-number rule and wear his Alabama No. 2? “Hopefully,” he said with a laugh. “We’ll see.” Receiver Kendall Hinton currently has No. 2. … Our country likes the draft. Thursday’s first round drew an average audience of 12.6 million on television (NFL Network, ESPN and ABC) and digital. It was up 11% compared to 2019 and second-highest on record, behind only last year’s pandemic draft (15.5 million).
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