Seahawks Sign QB Paxton Lynch

The Seahawks have signed quarterback Paxton Lynch, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. The deal was first reported by Ian Furness of KJR Radio (on Twitter). 

Lynch may be a backup option for the Seahawks in 2019 behind starter Russell Wilson. Before this pact, Wilson was the only QB under contract for next season. Brett Hundley, who finished out the year as Wilson’s backup, is set for unrestricted free agency.

Wilson, 31 in November, has had a perfect attendance record since entering the league in 2012. Still, you can’t bank on perfect health in football. For all his warts, Lynch may prove to be a quality QB2 for Seattle.

Lynch tried out for roughly 25% of the league’s teams since being cut by the Broncos in 2018, but was unable to land a contract. The former 26th overall selection in the 2016 draft was beaten out twice for the Broncos’ starting quarterback job by former seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian. In two years with Denver, Lynch managed to start only four games, completing 61.7% of his passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. Among the 52 quarterbacks who attempted at least 125 passes during those two seasons, Lynch ranked 41st in passer rating and 46h in adjusted net yards per attempt.

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  1. highplainsdriftr

    Can’t believe this guy was picked in the first round by Elway. Get a new job John.

    • Burgeezy

      It’s not like he was the only one after him. Jerry Jones wanted Paxton Lynch bad

    • kenleyfornia2

      I remeber when people said the QBs in this draft were not that far apart, so trading up for Goff and Wentz was a bad move when you can stay put and take Lynch

      • Z-A

        No one was high on this draft of QBs other than Goff and Wentz. Lynch was the highest graded QB left w multiple teams in need and not sold on Hackenberg or Prescott or Cook. It wasnt a terrible gamble 1st n a 3rd.

    • tsolid

      Don’t forget Elway wanted to back the truck up and Pay Osweiler also. Texans saved him on that one. Hasn’t had any better luck picking QB’s since

    • Itrainsontuesday

      Its tough for Elway to grade QBs. None are as good as him so they all blend together.

      • bradthebluefish

        Hmm. That could be it. It amazes me how off he is in finding QBs. Elway needs to delegate the QB search to someone else.

        • tsolid

          If your QB play is so terrible that it can’t sustain drives and eat clock, eventually it will wear down your defense, this neutralizing the dominance.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Anyone want to wager on how many practice squads this guy ends up on before the start of next season?

      • crosseyedlemon

        If we include AAF pit stops then I’m going to bet the over…lol

          • crosseyedlemon

            Vince McMahon has demonstrated plenty of business savvy over the years but I doubt even he could make Lynch a marketable celebrity.

    • TrollHunter

      I’ll bet under 1 for whatever amount you or anyone else likes!

      I’m not taking this bet because Lynch is any good, he’s just no longer eligible for the PS!

      • crosseyedlemon

        Seahawks will cut him as soon as they find two warm bodies that might be as good as Christian Hackenberg.

  3. TheTruth12

    I can’t believe this guy isn’t a star I mean he is taller than typical QB height…. wait no… it’s almost like height doesn’t matter!! That can’t be though cause all people on here can talk about when Kyler Murray is in an article is his height? Hmmmm.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Some play short
      And some play tall
      Some play in their dreams
      And some not at all

    • braveshomer

      I’m 5-8″ on a good day, pulling for Murray for all us vertically challenged guys out there!

      • crosseyedlemon

        All QBs that get laid out prone by pass rushers tend to become vertically challenged.

    • trident

      It’s not that if a qb is 6’4 (NFL average) he is guaranteed to be good. He just has a higher probability of success than a qb under 6’. Just like a 6’10 NBA center is more desirable than a 6’4 center.

    • TrollHunter

      Murray isn’t very smart though is he?

      Passing on MLB seems really dumb to me!

      • tsolid

        Oh… so he’s going straight to the Major Leagues from college?? Do you know something that we don’t?

        • TrollHunter

          Apparently they do! Reasons why going Baseball is way better for him than Football!

          1. Much more likely to become a star. He was a top 10 pick in mlb, with skills that almost guarantee he gets a shot at the show, even without performing well in minors.

          2. NFL could bounce him in two years, read above i.e. Lynch.

          3. Baseball offers way more money. Avarage MLB players make what superstar QBs make, and contracts are guaranteed.

          4. Less likelihood of sever injury. He’s going to take a beating in NFL, not so in MLB.

          5. Longer career. Avarage MLB career is much longer than that of NFL.

          Nearly everything adds up to him choosing baseball. Even Deion said he should chose baseball. This reminds me of when everyone wanted Charlie Ward to chose football over basketball. Yea he could have been a really good or even great football player. And yes he was only an average basketball player. But he had a longer career, made more money, and a healthier retirement.

          • tharrie0820

            1) Top 10 picks fail to make the majors all the time 2) He could possibly never make the majors 3) Baseball players make the minimum (around 500k) for 4 years before their salaries start to increase, and average players only make as much as a superstar QB I’d that QB is still on his rookie deal

          • pickandersen

            Average of Top 15 outfielder contracts is nearly $4M less than the average of Top 15 quarterback contracts, FYI.

  4. barry S wood

    The real funny thing is that Broncos traded for the Hawks pick at 26 to get Lynch and now he signed with the Hawks.

    • crosseyedlemon

      And every numerologist is aware that 2×13=26 so Lynch will now be twice the bad luck he was before.

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