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Denver Broncos sign rookie Bradley Chubb to four-year contract

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Broncos first-round outside linebacker Bradley Chubb signed a four-year contract on Thursday, leaving third-round tailback Royce Freeman as the team’s remaining unsigned draft selection.

Per the NFL’s slotting system, Chubb’s four-year contract is expected to be worth a fully guaranteed $27.5 million, including a $18.1 million signing bonus.

“It feels unreal; it still hasn’t really hit me yet,” Chubb said on the Broncos’ website. “I’m just excited and still in awe. Head in the clouds, really. … It’s good to get it out of the way.”

Chubb, selected fifth overall, is the third top-10 pick to sign, joining Indianapolis guard Quenton Nelson (No. 6) and Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen (No. 10).

The Broncos have signed nine of their 10 draft picks. Chubb became the 17th first-round pick to sign.
Chubb, who turns 22 on Sunday, had 20 sacks and 128 tackles over his final two years at North Carolina State. As a senior defensive end, he was first-team all-ACC and all-America. On draft night, he fell into the Broncos’ lap after Cleveland opted for cornerback Denzel Ward with the four pick. Chubb was the only edge rusher-type selected in the first 13 picks.
Once he joined the Broncos, Chubb worked at 3-4 strong-side linebacker and as a defensive end in the nickel package. Chubb moved up to first-team base package status when Shane Ray sustained a setback with his left wrist that required a fourth surgery in 10 months.
Ray is unlikely to be available for the start of the regular season, thrusting Chubb into an every-down role.

“The transition has been smooth,” Chubb said earlier this month. “I have great guys helping me out – Shaq (Barrett), Shane and Von (Miller). Those guys are encouraging me and letting me know the different things they’ve learned over their careers. I’m excited to be a part of a good group.”

Chubb has also worked with former Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who joined the team as a pass rush consultant.

During last week’s minicamp, Ware called Chubb a “phenomenal athlete.”

Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, June 21, 2018

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All-time XI, AFC West: How do Raiders’ Hall of Famers stack up? (Jeremy Bergman,

With the 2018 World Cup upon us, Jeremy Bergman and Adam Rank are divvying up the NFL and selecting the top 11 -- or in, yes, FOOTBALL parlance, all-time XI -- players from each of the 32 teams' history. Today, Bergman presents the top XI for each team in the AFC West.

Broncos’ rookie receivers proving they can catch on (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)

The Denver Broncos exited their offseason program with a healthy dose of optimism about what rookie wide receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton might be able to do in the team’s offense in the months to come.
High stakes: The Broncos with the most to prove in training camp and beyond (Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver Post)

So, the Broncos’ general manager upgraded nearly every facet of the roster. He got rid of six coaches and added new ones, including DeMarcus Ware as a part-time, pass-rushing consultant. He found a starting quarterback in Case Keenum, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb at No. 5 in the draft, bolstered the receiving corps with Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, added a productive back in Royce Freeman and may have even bolstered the offensive line by trading for Jared Veldheer. He also signed Marquette King, made sure to retain veteran corner Chris Harris (and even cushion his deal a bit), and added depth on both sides of the ball.

NFL facilities blow minds of NRL stars in the US for Denver Test (Nick Campton, The Daily Telegraph)

New Zealand enjoyed a gym session at the home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos with players and coaches alike stunned by the resources available to the three-time Super Bowl champions.

Denver Broncos: Adonis Alexander of interest in supplemental draft

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Could the Denver Broncos show interest in Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the 2018 Supplemental Draft? We take a look at the prospect… The 2018 Supplemental Draft is set to take place in a few weeks, and there are some defensive prospects that could be of interest to the Denver Broncos. The top prospect is considered to be Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and we’ve already looked at how the Broncos might have some interest there. You can read about it here. Another defensive back prospect the Broncos might look into is Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander, a lanky hybrid type of player who has played some cornerback and safety in his college career. As with any player available in the supplemental draft pool, the Broncos need to be cautious how much they invest in Alexander or anyone else due to off-field or work habit concerns. Statistically, Alexander has regressed the past couple of seasons after a stellar freshman season with the Hokies, but there are some good clips in this thread that indicate the type of player the Broncos could be getting: Looking to the future, however, there’s no reason the Broncos would have to hesitate to throw a mid-late round draft choice at a player like Alexander, whose pro day measurables were nearly identical to those of Isaac Yiadom. Alexander’s versatility and ability to play safety, nickel, and on the boundary could pique the Broncos’ interest.

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