Bradley Chubb takes a page out of Peyton Manning’s book
Denver Broncos rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb took a page from Peyton Manning’s book when asked about how he’ll use his first NFL paycheck…
After Peyton Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, he signed a rookie record (at the time) contract for $48 million with an $11.6 million signing bonus. When asked what he was going to do with that kind of cash, Manning said, “People ask me what I plan to do with my money. I plan to earn it.”
Denver Broncos rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb was asked the same type of question at the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend, and took a page out of Manning’s book with his response:
"“I’m still trying to figure out this playbook, let alone figure out what I’m going to do with some money. My focus right now is just on the football aspect, getting all of this down and hopefully making contributions so that I can earn that paycheck.”Bradley Chubb (quotes via Broncos PR)"
For the record, Chubb has yet to sign a contract, but that is merely a formality at this point. When a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached in 2011, rookie contracts were essentially pre-determined based on where each player was selected.
So, the Broncos already have the framework in place for a four-year, roughly $25 million deal that is fully guaranteed. The Broncos will also have an option for a fifth-year, as all teams do with their first-round picks.
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Chubb is one of the most energetic guys you will see on the sidelines during games, and he’ll undoubtedly have some fun sack dances with his new teammate Von Miller, but he’s fairly soft-spoken when he’s not on the field.
Speaking of Miller, Chubb revealed to the media that he has yet to meet his new teammate, but he’s excited to learn from him.
As Cameron Parker noted in a recent post, Chubb may have the opportunity to learn from DeMarcus Ware as well, like Miller did when he was a young player in the league.
The Broncos have an embarrassment of riches in the pass rush department, and this is a player they are going to be able to build around for the future. Chubb is going to be a star and the Broncos need to do whatever it takes to extract the very best out of him.
Having Von Miller around is one thing, but adding DeMarcus Ware to the mix is another entirely. Miller turned his life — much less his career — around when Ware entered the picture. His influence could be massive for the Broncos’ rookie, who is already implementing principles of a former Bronco (Manning) in the way he approaches his new job.