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Denver Broncos finally find a quarterback in Paxton Lynch

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The world champions weren’t exactly in a hurry to find their new quarterback. They may have done so anyway.

The Denver Broncos, who had searched hard for Peyton Manning’s replacement during the off-season, traded up and took Paxton Lynch of Memphis with their first pick.

Since Manning retired after winning the Super Bowl, the Broncos have looked down several roads. They had backup Brock Osweler, who he left for a big payday from the Houston Texans. They inquired about trading for San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, but he wouldn’t restructure his contract to make him more affordable. They talked to Philadelphia about Sam Bradford, but the price was too high.

On Thursday, it didn’t matter. Although other teams (Dallas offered a second- and a fourth-round pick), the Broncos got their man.

It still has to be determined how quickly Lynch can play.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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