Paxton Lynch was supposed to be the next great Denver Broncos quarterback, but some fans in the Mile High City have had enough and are going great lengths to force him out of town.
A Broncos fan based in Aurora, Colorado set up a GoFundMe page, hoping the Broncos will cut the 2016 first round pick. His target goal is $600,000, but it was only up to $100 as of 7:50 pm EST on Monday. The page reads the following:
"Raising money to cover the Denver Broncos cost of cutting Quarterback Paxton" Lynch off of the team roster."
For what it's worth, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reported that Lynch had been moved down to No. 3 on the team's depth chart, with Case Keenum and Chad Kelly at one and two, respectively.
Definitely been a change in the pecking order. Chad Kelly is No. 2 behind Case Keenum. Paxton Lynch with the threes.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 13, 2018
The 6-foot-7 Lynch was drafted 26th overall by the Broncos in 2016, as they lost quarterback Peyton Manning to retirement while Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans. But backup Trevor Siemian won the starting job for the 2016 season, and Lynch only started twice, because the former was injured for those games.
Lynch has 1 -3 record through his first four NFL starts, and has a mere 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions thus far. The Broncos traded Siemian in the offseason and signed Keenum to a two-year contract worth $36 million, making him the undisputed starter in Denver.
The Broncos have a top-five defense in the NFL, but horrible quarterback play over the past two seasons has held them back since winning Super Bowl 50. The offensive line and ground game also haven't been great, and the Broncos haven't built a very strong group of pass-catchers, either.
Many thought the Broncos would take a quarterback with the fifth pick, but they wound up selecting pass-rusher Bradley Chubb instead. If Keenum can perform as the Broncos hope, then they'll be set at the position, and Lynch's future in Denver could surely come to a close.