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Broncos sign Bonitto, Dulcich to 4-year contracts

Second-round edge rusher Bonitto gets a $1.4 million signing bonus while third-round Dulcich gets $1 million to sign.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Just in time for rookie minicamp, Nik Bonitto buys the first pizzas. And maybe Greg Dulcich chips in with the pop and bread sticks.

The Denver Broncos’ first draft pick -- albeit not until the final, No. 64 selection in the second round – Bonitto reached agreement Wednesday on a four-year, $5.8 million contract that includes a $1.4 million signing bonus, sources told 9NEWS.

The next day, Thursday, the Broncos and Dulcich, a third-round tight end from UCLA, reached agreement on a four-year, $5,259,140 deal that included a signing bonus of $1,004,828.

Bonitto is an outside linebacker/edge rusher from Oklahoma. He and Dulcich are two of seven Broncos draft picks who have new, four-year contracts. Fifth-round safety Delarrin Turner-Yell, fifth-round receiver/returner Montrell Washington, fifth-round center Luke Wattenberg, sixth-round defensive tackle Matt Henningsen and seventh-round cornerback Faion Hicks also signed their first professional contracts in advance of the Broncos' rookie minicamp that began Thursday with physicals and meetings, then had 70-minute practices Friday and Saturday.

The two remaining unsigned draft picks are fourth-round cornerback Demarri Mathis, fourth-round defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike. The players union is urging fourth-round picks to negotiate a few extra dollars in years three and four in the contracts, as is the case with third-round picks.

A look at the contracts for the seven Broncos’ draft picks who have reached agreements:

Player …………………… Rd (Pk) .. Sign bonus … 4-yr value

Nik Bonitto, OLB ……….... 2 (64) … $1,399,556 … $5,801,888

Greg Dulcich, TE .............. 3 (80) ... $1,004,828 .... $5,259,140

Delarrin Turner-Yell .......... 5 (152) ...... $333,048 ... $3,993,048

Montrell Washington ......... 5 (162) ..... $314,188 ... $3,974,188

Luke Wattenberg, C .....… 5 (171) ...… $287,716 … $3,947,716

Matt Henningsen, DT ...… 6 (206) …... $162,080 … $3,822,080

Faion Hicks, CB …………. 7 (232) …... $101,680 … $3,761,680

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Credit: AP
Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto (11) gestures to fans after sacking Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez in the second half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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