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Brister To Stay In Denver

Denver Broncos backup quarterback Bubby Brister, on the eve of starting against the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a new contract, the Denver Post reported Monday.

The newspaper said Brister, who is playing in the place of injured starter John Elway, gets a two-year extension worth $1.45 million, quoting an unnamed NFL source.

Brister will compete with Brian Griese and Jeff Lewis for the starting quarterback job that Elway is expected to vacate after this season. Brister is 3-0 as a starter this year for the 9-0 Super Bowl champions.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister receives a two-year, $1.45 million extension from the Broncos. (AP)

"If John retires after this season, I think I've earned it," Brister said. "I've sort of earned the right to be able to come in and have the team, or play until I can't get it done. If I'm too old or whatever, fine. But I feel great right now. And I think I've earned the right to be the first guy in line for the job if John doesn't come back."

With the new contract extension, Brister's salary will be more in line with that of other backup quarterbacks around the league but not for starters. The new contract -- the parameters of which were first discussed before training camp and then finalized last month during Denver's bye week -- calls for Brister to be paid $500,000 in 2000 and $600,000 in 2001.

Brister was hopeful the deal would be renegotiated for even more money if he wins the starting job.

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