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Broncos sign WR Courtland Sutton to restructured contract

Thu Jul 25 3:14pm ET
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The Denver Broncos signed wide receiver Courtland Sutton to a restructured contract that can pay him up to $15.2 million this season, including $1.5 million in new incentives, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Sutton, 28, had skipped the Broncos' voluntary organized team activities because he wanted an adjustment in pay. He attended the mandatory minicamp and reported to training camp this week, however.

He is under contract through the 2025 season and was due to make $13.5 million this season through his base salary and a $500,000 roster bonus, according to reports.

Sutton scored a career-high 10 touchdowns last season while catching 59 passes for 772 yards. A second-round selection by Denver in the 2018 NFL Draft out of SMU, Sutton has 298 receptions for 4,259 yards and 24 touchdowns in 81 games (69 starts) in six seasons.

The 2019 Pro Bowl selection is the veteran leader of the Broncos' wide receiving corps, as Jerry Jeudy was traded to the Cleveland Browns in March.

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