Denver Broncos first-round pick Bradley Chubb has signed his rookie contract worth around $27 million.
The NC State alum, drafted fifth overall, becomes the highest player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, with Mike Klis reporting that the deal would include a $17.9m signing bonus, a very nice present ahead of Chubb’s 22nd birthday on Sunday.
First-round pick (No. 5 overall) Bradley Chubb is finalizing a contract agreement this morning with Broncos, per league source. With slotting formula, he is expected to get $17.914 million signing bonus; total 4-year deal worth about $27.27 milion. #9sports
— Broncos Mouthpiece (@MikeKlis) June 21, 2018
The stud defensive end/outside linebacker becomes the Broncos’ best-paid rookie with his deal eclipsing the $21m deal signed by Von Miller in 2011 after he was drafted second overall.
The deal also reportedly includes a fifth-year team option.
It’s official, #BroncosCountry!
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 21, 2018
With Shane Ray recovering from wrist surgery and doubtful to be ready for week one against Seattle on September 9, the Broncos will hope Chubb can make an immediate impact opposite Miller.
Running back Royce Freeman, selected in the third round out of Oregon, is the last unsigned Broncos rookie.