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Who Will Run the Broncos Now That Pat Bowlen is Gone?

What now for the Broncos following owner Pat Bowlen’s death?

Will the Broncos stay in the family with one of his seven children serving as the controlling owner? Will the trustees, led by president/CEO Joe Ellis, continue to run the day-to-day operations until Brittany Bowlen in particular is deemed ready to take over? Will NFL commissioner Roger Goodell step in and suggest/demand a Bowlen child replace the trustees?

Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post reports that according to a source, Bowlen’s seven children, who range in age from 22-49 and were all present when their father passed away at his Denver area home late Thursday, have had productive conversations about how to proceed. Bowlen had two daughters (Amie and Beth) with his first wife, Sally Parker and five children (Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna) with his widow, Annabel.

It is believed Bowlen’s children will get an equal share of the team, which was valued last fall by Forbes at $2.6 billion.

Because Bowlen has passed away, the children for the first time will be able to see the Pat Bowlen Trust and its documents.

The big issue for the children regarding the trust will be when Pat’s wife, Annabel, passes away. She announced her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in June 2018. Upon her death, the children will be saddled with the “death tax,” which is 40 percent of the value of the shares they inherit. It is unknown how the children would pay the tax. They would have one calendar year to make the payment; if they ask for an extension, the bill would include interest.

Also not known: How Bowlen’s death will impact his brother Bill’s lawsuit against the trustees, filed last October, demanding they be removed from their responsibilities as well as the arbitration process at the NFL level led by Carmen Policy. It is possible those two situations could continue on parallel paths.

Beth Bowlen Wallace and Brittany Bowlen, have expressed interest in becoming the team’s next controlling owner and it is believed that the trustees who currently run the Broncos (Ellis, Rich Slivka and Mary Kelly) have prioritized a transition to Brittany.

Broncos Longtime Employee Steve Antonopulos to Induct Pat Bowlen into the Football Hall of Fame

The Bowlen family has chosen longtime Broncos employee Steve “Greek” Antonopulos to be Pat Bowlen’s official presenter during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio, Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports.

Antonopulos started with the Broncos as the team’s assistant trainer in 1976 before getting promoted prior to the 1980 season to replace Allen Hurst as the head athletic trainer. Antonopulos was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine in 2017. He’ll begin his 44th season with the Broncos this fall.

Antonopulos is the only employee to work full-time at the Broncos’ training facility during Bowlen’s 35-year tenure as owner.

Bowlen will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, alongside longtime Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, on Saturday, Aug. 3. Bowlen and Bailey are the sixth and seventh Broncos to become Pro Football Hall of Famers.

The Broncos will play the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, kicking off enshrinement week.

Broncos at CB Chris Harris Getting Closer to a New Deal

Broncos’ general manager John Elway continued to talk with agent Frederick Lyles Jr. over the Memorial Day holiday weekend about a 2019 contract adjustment for Chris Harris, Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports.

The two sides have been moving closer to an agreement, sources said. But as every negotiator would tell you: A deal is never done until it’s done.

Harris was scheduled to make $8.9 million this year in salary and bonuses in what was supposed to be the final year of his current contract.

The Broncos are offering Harris a pay raise. Although such contract adjustments without an extension are rare, if not unprecedented, it’s clear Elway doesn’t want to leave anything to chance as the Broncos attempt to rebound from back-to-back losing seasons.

There is cautious optimism Harris and the team will reach an agreement by the time the Broncos hold their final segment of OTAs (Organized Team Activities) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Broncos’ offseason program continues the following week with a three-day mandatory minicamp June 4-6.

Broncos Not Interested in Inking CB Chris Harris to a Long Term Deal

The Broncos are not looking to sign veteran cornerback Chris Harris to a longterm extension according to Ncki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

The Broncos exchanged offers with Harris, but it sounds like talks are moving toward a pay raise over an extension. Harris wants an increase on the $8.8M he is due this year.

The Broncos have been unwilling to match the $15M he’s seeking to this point. Under the parameters of a short-term pay raise, the 29-year-old Harris would still hit free agency next spring.

Harris was a no-show at offseason workouts and could carry his holdout into mandatory minicamp. The former free agent out of the University of Kansas has been a fixture in the Broncos secondary for the past eight seasons.

Broncos NT Shelby Harris Hoping for a Pay Raise from the Team

Nose tackle Shelby Harris followed his 5 1/2 sacks in 2017 with a career-best 39 tackles a season ago, and the Broncos rewarded him with a second-round restricted free agent contract tender, which raised his salary from $705,000 to $3.095 million (a 227-percent raise). Harris is looking for a long-term contract, Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

“That’s every man’s dream,” Harris said after an organized team activity workout this week. “I would love a multi-year deal here, but the way that works, you have to focus on this year, go out and play.”

What works in Harris’ favor is that he figures to play more this year. He played 390 of 1,077 snaps in 2018, but starting nose tackle Domata Peko (522 snaps) was not re-signed. Harris worked with the first-team defense during Monday’s OTA.

In a reserve role, Harris posted numbers that should invite optimism. Per The Denver Post’s game charting, he had 1 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 disruptions (pressures/knockdowns/sacks), fourth-most on the Broncos. Against the run, he had 12 1/2 “stuffs” (gain of three or fewer yards), fifth-most. And his end zone interception sealed the Week 12 win over Pittsburgh.

Harris said coach Vic Fangio’s defense calls for one- and two-gap responsibilities for the nose tackle, which will require equal parts patience, power and aggressiveness depending on the call.

“He’ll use the nose all over,” Harris said of Fangio. “You have to be able to move, hold down the middle and also pass rush a little bit.”

Broncos QB Drew Lock Says Joe Flacco Has Treated Him Great Thus Far

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock told TMZ on Wednesday that Joe Flacco has “been great to me” when asked about Flacco’s comment earlier in the week that it wasn’t his job to mentor the rookie, ESPN reports.

Lock, who talked to TMZ after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, didn’t want to specifically address Flacco’s remark but said he’s learning from his teammate.

“He’s taught me a lot so far,” Lock told TMZ. “He’s dealing with winning football games, I’m dealing with trying to learn. … We’re in the same quarterback room. He’s been great to me.”

Lock later expounded on those comments in an interview with The Associated Press.

“Me and Joe talk out on the field, talk over things in the QB room. I mean, it’s hard even to think about how couldn’t I learn from the guy when we’re in the same QB room every day and on the same field every day and I get to watch his reps, I get to hear the playcalls he’s running in my head through the helmet,” he told the AP. “I think it was just mainly him stating that, yeah, I do have a young quarterback underneath me right now but don’t forget that I’m here to win football games.

“And he thinks that he can do that and so do I.”

Fangio: Flacco to Get the First-String Reps at QB for the Broncos

The Broncos brought in Flacco via trade with the Ravens this offseason, but then drafted Missouri signal-caller Drew Luck in the second round of April’s 2019 NFL Draft.

On Sunday, first-year Broncos coach Vic Fangio addressed the media and said there will be a quarterback competition, but it’s for the back-up spot, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

“Joe [Flacco] will take all of the reps with the first team,” Fangio said, via team transcripts, when asked how quarterback reps would be handled during organized team activities. “Then we have an open competition after that and we’ll randomly play those with the twos and the threes when we do our reps.”

Broncos OTAs are set to begin Monday.

In addition to Flacco and Lock, Kevin Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien out of Boise State are in the QB room.

Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP entering his 12th season, found himself in a similar situation in his final year with the Ravens when they drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round and now Baltimore is Jackson’s team.

Check Out the Complete 2019 Denver Broncos Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Broncos fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Broncos slate!

Sept. 9 at Oakland Raiders (Mon) 10:20
Sept. 15 Chicago Bears 4:25
Sept. 22 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Sept. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars 4:25
Oct. 6 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05
Oct. 13 Tennessee Titans 4:25
Oct. 17 Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 27 at Indianapolis Colts 4:25
Nov. 3 Cleveland Browns 4:25
Bye
Nov. 17 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00
Nov. 24 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Dec. 1 Los Angeles Chargers 4:25
Dec. 8 at Houston Texans 1:00
Dec. 15 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Dec. 21 or 22 Detroit Lions TBD
Dec. 29 Oakland Raiders 4:25

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