Former Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch made way for the Canadian Football League this offseason in an effort to reclaim his career. The former first round pick signed a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in June, eyeing an opportunity to get back onto the field.
Lynch clearly wants to be playing football no matter what, as a recent report indicates that the 27-year-old will make a significantly smaller salary than he did in the NFL.
According to Justin Dunk of 3downnation.com, Lynch will earn a base salary of just $65,000 during the 2021 season. He’ll also receive $3,600 in housing, and a $200-per-game active roster bonus. The Roughriders quarterback can earn a $500 incentive for every game in which he plays 51 percent or more of the offensive snaps.
After the Broncos selected Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft, the team signed him to a four-year, $9.476 million contract. Obviously his deal with the Roughriders is a far cry from that amount, so clearly the 27-year-old is committed to using this new opportunity to play hard and work his way back to the NFL.
At a paltry base salary of $65,000 for 2021, Paxton Lynch definitely didn’t go to the CFL for the money. https://t.co/WGYf8sSwDv
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 22, 2021
Since arriving in Saskatchewan, Lynch admitted that the transition to the CFL has been harder than he expected. Despite stints with three NFL teams, the 27-year-old quickly realized the difference between the two leagues.
“It’s been difficult. A lot of the pre-snap stuff has been a big adjustment for me,” Lynch said during a video conference call earlier this month, according to John Hodge of 3DownNation.com. “When you break it all down and get down to the core of it, it’s really football — it’s the same, just different terminology and things like that concept-wise.”
Lynch last threw a pass in an NFL game with the Broncos in 2017. Nevertheless, his goal is to still get back into the league after putting together a strong performance with the Roughriders.
“It’s always been my dream.” Lynch said. “As a kid, you dream of winning the Super Bowl and that fire inside of me to accomplish that is still there and it’s very strong. It hasn’t wavered at all, but I don’t want to get that confused with how I feel about being here because I’m very excited to be here.”