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QB Drew Lock Reportedly Ends Holdout, Agrees to Broncos Rookie Contract

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2019

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) takes part in drills at the team's NFL football training facility Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock has ended his hold out after agreeing to his rookie contract, according to Pro Football Talk

He had until Thursday morning to sign a deal or he would miss the team's first practice.

The second-round pick was a question mark to be active for the start of training camp as his agent sought a "quarterback premium" on his contract, per Mike Klis of 9News.

Offensive guard Dalton Risner also took a long time to sign a deal but eventually came to an agreement with the team one day before training camp after receiving assurances he would end up with the better deal compared to Lock.

Risner was selected with the No. 41 overall pick while Lock was taken at No. 42.

While the Broncos clearly wanted him on the field, there was uncertainty in the front office whether he would sign by Thursday.

"We'll see," general manager John Elway said Wednesday, per Kyle Fredrickson of the Denver Post. "I'm not going to make a prediction one way or the other, but we’re hoping he’s going to be here."

Now that he is under contract, he will get some valuable practice time to reach his potential at this level.

Joe Flacco is expected to be the starting quarterback for Denver in Week 1, which could limit playing time for Lock once the season begins. Considering there are expectations he will be the quarterback of the future, however, the Broncos will want to get Lock as many reps as possible in the next few weeks.

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