It hasn’t been one of the best seasons in Denver Broncos history but a bright spot has been the re-emergence of wide receiver Courtland Sutton. The NFL team decided not to wait any longer before wrapping the fourth-year player up in a big contract.

Sutton, a second-round pick in 2018, became a standout player for Denver in 2018, catching 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. He tore his ACL at the beginning of the 2020 season but has returned in 2021 to pick up where he left off, garnering 43 passes for 617 yards and two touchdowns so far.

The four-year extension is worth $60.8 million with $34.9 million guaranteed. He was in the final year of his rookie contract.

The news comes the day after the Broncos also signed Tim Patrick on a three-year, $34.5 million extension. And the signing also ensures that the Broncos wide receiver corps remain solid for the foreseeable future, as Sutton is joined by Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, and Patrick.

The issue now is figuring out who their quarterback will be for the near future. The Broncos seem to be hoping this core of receivers might help attract a big free agent to town.

In the meantime, people in NFL circles have high praise for the signing and the way Sutton has recovered from the injury, and what this means for the Broncos’ chances at getting a big-name quarterback to notice.

The 5-5 Broncos welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to town this Sunday. We’ll see if Sutton is extra motivated by his new contract to push his numbers even higher.

[Ian Rapoport]

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