Heading into the fourth and final season of his rookie deal, the Denver Broncos have decided to pick up the fifth-year option on former Buckeye cornerback, Bradley Roby. The move guarantees the cornerback over $8.5 million for the 2018 season, which the team felt was worth it for the young secondary weapon.
Taken in the first round (No. 31 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Roby signed a 4-year deal worth $6.95 million with the Broncos -- including a $3.37 million signing bonus. He’s earned every penny of that contract in his three seasons with the team and has yet to miss a game. During his time in Denver, the cornerback has recorded 144 total tackles (131 solo), 31 passes defended, five interceptions (two for touchdowns), four forced fumbles (two recovered, one for a touchdown) and 2.0 sacks.
Roby had a breakout year in 2016, recording his first career Pick-6 against the San Diego Chargers, followed by his second career Pick-6 just four weeks later against the Jaguars. He even earned, AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 8 of the season.
His second season in the league would be his most memorable -- so far — finishing the 2015 season as Super Bowl 50 Champions, earning Roby a coveted Championship ring. He had two tackles and defended three passes in the Broncos win over the Panthers.
The Buckeye will now stay in Denver through the 2018 season, and as the starters get older, could eventually become the next generation of veteran cornerback for the Broncos. Roby is still young and has a lot of potential as a versatile player in a loaded backfield.