Paxton Lynch Takes His Talents to…Canada

Former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch hears a warm greeting from the crowd during their game against Tulane at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. H6w7138

A former Memphis University Tiger is taking a chance to revitalize his professional football career overseas. 2016 draft pick Paxton Lynch recently announced that he is signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Lynch, who was a first-round selection by the Denver Broncos in 2016 via a trade from Seattle, hadn’t seen the field much in his NFL career. In his first two seasons with Denver, he compiled 5 appearances (4 starts) and obtained a 61.7 completion percentage (79 out of 128 passes completed), four touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also bounced around with auditions for other teams, such as the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was seen as the savior of the Broncos after Peyton Manning had retired, but early struggles plagued Lynch and he was cut loose from the team in September of 2018. Denver’s quarterback situation is still unsolved, with Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock fighting to take the lead signal-caller duties for the 2021 campaign.

While Paxton Lynch is known for his struggles, if he can turn things around in the CFL, he may get another shot back in the States.