Once upon a time, the Kansas City Chiefs had interest in drafting quarterback Paxton Lynch. And because of that interest, it’s believed the Denver Broncos traded up in front of Kansas City during the 2016 NFL Draft to go get him.
The Broncos selected Lynch with the 26th overall pick, and two picks later, then-Chiefs general manager John Dorsey traded out of the first round entirely, eventually selecting defensive lineman Chris Jones in the second round at pick 37.
Everyone knows what happened a year later—with no developmental quarterback, the Chiefs traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to take Patrick Mahomes.
To this point, Lynch’s career hasn’t been great. In 2016, the Broncos chose to start Trevor Siemian over him, and in 2017, he was listed as the third string behind Siemian and the returning Brock Osweiler. The Chiefs intercepted Lynch twice in their Week 17 game against the Broncos last season.
This week, it somehow got worse, with home fans booing him off the field of a preseason game after he threw an interception.
And now, Denver fans have launched a GoFundMe to cover the $600,000 it would cost to cut Lynch.
Sometimes, history works in your favor.