With backup quarterback Paxton Lynch expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, the Denver Broncos quickly, and happily, turned to a familiar face Saturday, signing Brock Osweiler to a one-year deal. Osweiler, who spent his first four years in the league with the Broncos, was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. The Broncos will pay Osweiler the veterans’ minimum of $775,000. The Browns, who owed Osweiler $16 million after his release, will now pay him $15.225 million. Osweiler’s deal with the Broncos is pending a physical on Monday.

The Broncos were searching for a backup with knowledge of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s playbook. Osweiler, who played for McCoy in 2012 when McCoy was in the last year of his previous stint in Denver, is looked upon as a backup quarterback, with Trevor Siemian as the starter. Elway said he believed the Broncos could have the player who helped the Broncos go 5-2 in the starts Peyton Manning missed with an injured foot in 2015 — and not the player who often struggled in his time with the Houston Texans and the Browns.

Lynch suffered a right shoulder injury in Denver’s preseason win over the Green Bay Packers; Lynch played just eight plays in the game. The injury is expected to keep Lynch out at least four weeks of the regular season, and it could be longer because the injury is to his throwing shoulder. Asked if the Broncos would keep Osweiler on the roster after Lynch is ready to return to practice and be Siemian’s backup in games, team president and general manager John Elway said: “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

Osweiler was a second-round pick by the Broncos in 2012, the same year the team signed Manning in free agency. Osweiler spent four seasons as Manning’s backup and didn’t make a start until 2015. Manning replaced Osweiler in the regular-season finale in 2015 and led the Broncos to a comeback win over the Chargers. Manning then started all three of the Broncos’ postseason games, including the victory over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

The move left some hard feelings among some in Osweiler’s support group, though the Broncos were prepared to sign him to one of the bigger offers he received in free agency that offseason. However, the Broncos’ offer wasn’t nearly as big as that of the Texans, who signed Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal. Asked about the narrative of hard feelings between the Broncos and Osweiler being an issue that would need to be addressed in Osweiler’s return, Elway said simply: “That’s not true.”

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