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Seattle Seahawks Cut Former 1st-Round Quarterback

A general view of the Seattle Seahawks stadium Lumen Field formerly known as CenturyLink Field.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: A general view in the first quarter between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Late Friday night, the Seattle Seahawks made the decision cut a former first-round quarterback.

According to a report from Seattle insider Bob Condotta, the team released for Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch.

The move puts immediate faith in former New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The former West Virginia star earned the backup role behind Russell Wilson with a strong preseason.

As for Lynch, the former first-rounder will be looking for a new team.

Denver took Lynch with the 26th pick of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but his career never took off there.

In two seasons, Lynch played in five games, making four starts. He completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

He eventually lost his backup role behind Case Keenum to Chad Kelly. The Broncos then decided to move on from the former Memphis star, and he remained a free agent for the better part of the 2018 season.

Seattle took a shot on Lynch, but it's clear the team didn't think he could cut it behind Wilson.

Lynch is just one of nearly 1,000 NFL players that will be cut this weekend before the 2019 season kicks off. NFL teams are working to cut their rosters down to 53, so more notable names will pop up.