BY Art Thiel 03:34PM 01/17/2019

Seahawks add ex-No. 1 QB pick Paxton Lynch

Cut by Denver at the end of 2018’s preseason despite being a first-round pick, Paxton Lynch signed with Seahawks to compete for the job of holding Wilson’s tablet.

Paxton Lynch sat out 2018 after being cut by the Broncos. /

The Seahawks have added another former first-round draft pick. At quarterback.

No, not Rick Mirer or Dan McGwire. But as with those two long-ago Seahawks first-round busts, Paxton Lynch didn’t play last season either.

After sitting out 2017 healthy but jobless, Lynch, taken 26th in the 2016 draft out of Memphis by Denver, was signed Thursday to a futures contract to compete for the job of holding Russell Wilson’s tablet on the sidelines.

Lynch, 25 next month and 6-foot-7 and 244 pounds, was waived by the Broncos at the end of the preseason, unable to beat out Trevor Siemian for the starting position. He also was passed over for the backup job by Chad Kelly, waived in October after being arrested and charged with criminal trespass. Denver had to pay Lynch a guaranteed $8.3 million.

In five games and four starts over two seasons in Denver, Lynch completed 79 of 128 attempts for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 16 times for 55 yards, always a good thing in the Seahawks plans.

The Seahawks’ backup in 2018, ex-UCLA star Brett Hundley, did not play a snap and will become an unrestricted free agent in March. The Seahawks, who sent a sixth-round draft pick to Green Bay for Hundley, could re-sign him to join the competition behind the NFL’s only quarterback who took his team’s every snap.

The Seahawks had rookie QB Alex McGough on the practice squad in 2018, but he was not re-signed and became a free agent, whereupon he was signed this week by Jacksonville.

Ironically, the pick used by Denver to take Lynch belonged to the Seahawks, who swapped it for Denver’s pick at 31 while picking up a third-rounder that became TE Nick Vannett.  The Seahawks then selected RT Germain Ifedi.


  • Kevin Lynch

    Just what we need. Another Lynch in the stew.

    • art thiel

      Wait . . . brother from a different mother?

      • Kevin Lynch

        Twin sons from different mothers.

        • art thiel

          Dan Fogelberg would be pleased.

          • Alan Harrison

            Wait, is Tim Weisberg the new backup QB? I’m so confused.

  • jafabian

    Would have been less expensive to simply keep Mcgough on. He had a good exhibition season and would have had a year of learning the offense and teammates under his belt.

    • 1coolguy

      He wanted to go to a team where he may have a chance to play

    • art thiel

      McGough likely wanted more reps where the QB wasn’t indestructible.

  • Husky73

    How does John Elway keep his job?

    • art thiel

      He won Super Bowls as QB and boss.

      • Husky73

        He was a great player. He convinced Peyton Manning to play for Denver. Since then….nada.

  • StephenBody

    Body by Fisher, Brain by Mattell. Is that silly ass wearing aviator shades under a helmet? Jesus…does the VMAC have a day care center?

    • art thiel

      Nothing wrong with cutting edge fashion.

  • coug73

    Paxton Lynch wins the Gardner Minshew look alike contest.

  • DJ

    Thanks Art.
    Not much to get excited about here. It’s too bad that McGough didn’t work out. He looked to fit into the system similar to Russell.