Royce Freeman has become the 10th and final member of the Denver Broncos’ 2018 draft class to sign a rookie contract.
The 22-year-old former Oregon running back signed the deal at UCHealth Training Center on Thursday, while the players are on their enforced absence from the training facility and contact with coaches.
“It felt amazing, just to come in here and sign and be official,” Freeman told Broncos TV.
“It’s definitely a moment I’ve been thinking about since I was young, and to finally complete that just feels great.”
Freeman was a workhorse for the Ducks, setting records throughout his four seasons in Eugene, including 5,621 yards from 947 carries (5.9 average), and 60 rushing touchdowns — both Oregon and Pac-12 records — while his 6,435 all-purpose yards is another Oregon record.
The four-year deal is worth $4.011 million, including a $997,020 signing bonus, according to BSN Denver’s Zac Stevens.
Royce Freeman’s four-year deal he’s signing with the Broncos today is expected to be worth $4.011M with a $997K signing bonus.
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 5, 2018
Despite being the last of the Broncos rookies to put pen to paper, California native wasn’t worried about the formalities as he attacked OTAs, where he shared the backfield duties with Devontae Booker, De’Angelo Henderson, and fellow rookies Phillip Lindsay and Dave Williams.
“Everything comes with time, so I wasn’t really too worried about it,” he said.
“Mostly just going out there at OTAs and all those other practices is putting my best foot forward and competing, so that’s what I was worried about for the most part.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 5, 2018
The third-round (71st overall) pick believes the Broncos are excited to get back to football when training camp begins later this month.
“Training camp, I definitely feel like it’ll be intense,” he added.
“I think everybody’s excited just getting those juices back flowing. [During] that break, you get antsy as a football player being away from football.
“Just coming back and being around the facility and working toward a goal, I think that’s what everybody’s excited to do.”