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Pete Carroll shares his reaction to Broncos’ surprising decision

Pete Carroll with a headset on

Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts against the Los Angeles Rams in the second half at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll was just as surprised as everyone else at the Denver Broncos’ decision at the end of “Monday Night Football.”

Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos 17-16 on Monday after Denver missed a 64-yard field goal with just under 20 seconds left. The Broncos had a 4th-and-5 with around a minute left and let the clock go down to 20 seconds before taking a timeout.

Seattle was fully expecting Denver to go for it, which is why they too had to take a timeout.

“I was surprised they took Russ out at the end,” Carroll said of the Broncos’ decision to kick rather than let quarterback Russell Wilson try to convert. “We weren’t thinking field goal there. We were thinking they were going. It gave us a chance to win the game on that play. Very fortunate there.”

The decision didn’t pay off for Denver.

Kicker Brandon McManus missed the 64-yard kick, allowing Seattle to win the game 17-16. Carroll thought Denver was going for it, and he was concerned about stopping the Broncos in that situation. Had Denver converted, they would have had two timeouts remaining and a shorter, more reasonable kick for McManus.

Nathaniel Hackett botched the ending so badly that even Carroll couldn’t believe it.

Nathaniel Hackett makes baffling decision at end of loss to Seahawks

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

What was Nathaniel Hackett thinking? That is all one could ask while watching the end of the Denver Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football.”

The Broncos were down 17-16 and got the ball back with 4:02 left after forcing a Seattle 3-and-out late in the game. They started at their 22 and moved the ball to near midfield. Denver found themselves in a 3rd-and-14 from their 45 with 1:11 left, and Russell Wilson checked a pass down to Javonte Williams, who gained nine yards.

Denver then had a 4th-and-5 with about a minute left, all three timeouts, and the clock ticking. Denver let the clock get down to 20 seconds left and took a timeout.

Here’s the really baffling part: with his team down by one and a 4th-and-5 with two timeouts and 20 seconds left, Hackett chose to attempt a 64-yard field goal with Brandon McManus rather than have the offense try to convert.

Hackett really thought McManus had a better chance of making an extremely long field goal, in Seattle, than his offense did of converting that fourth down.

That’s tough to swallow.

Wilson wanted out of Seattle because he felt Pete Carroll didn’t trust him. Now his new head coach didn’t trust him to convert a 4th-and-5 with the game on the line.

How can Wilson be OK with that?

Russell Wilson makes significant claim about long-term future

Russell Wilson in a tuxedo

Feb 10, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Russell Wilson appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at YouTube Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has yet to play a regular season game for the Denver Broncos following his offseason trade, but he is clearly comfortable enough with the franchise to commit long-term.

Wilson signed a new five-year, $265 million contract extension with Denver on Thursday, with the quarterback committing himself to the organization through his age-40 season. That was clearly intended based on what Wilson said at a press conference announcing the deal. The veteran quarterback said he envisions himself finishing his career with the Broncos, and that is his goal.

This may seem fairly clear considering how long the contract runs. Considering Wilson has previously set ambitious targets for longevity, however, the door is certainly open for him to think about another contract after his new one runs its course.

That, however, is a long way off. For now, Wilson can be happy with his new megadeal, which will tie him to Denver for quite some time. One other quarterback may not be as happy with it, but Wilson clearly is satisfied.

Russell Wilson, Broncos agree to massive contract extension

Russell Wilson in a Broncos helmet

Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has yet to play in a game for the Denver Broncos, but his new team has already made a massive financial commitment to him.

Wilson and the Broncos on Thursday agreed to a five-year, $265 million contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The deal includes $165 million guaranteed and ties Wilson to Denver through his age-40 season.

The new contract makes Wilson the second highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in terms of average annual value. His $49 million per year is just slightly below the $50.2 million Aaron Rodgers earns with the Green Bay Packers.

Kyler Murray got $160 million guaranteed when he signed his extension with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, so Wilson’s deal tops that in both guarantees and average annual value.

Lamar Jackson is the next quarterback in line for a huge new contract. He has reportedly been aiming for a deal that is comparable to the fully guaranteed $230 million Deshaun Watson got from the Cleveland Browns over five years. Wilson’s extension is another reminder that Watson’s contract will likely remain an outlier. Jackson recently dropped a hint about where his negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens stand.

The Broncos acquired Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks and then some. They have made a massive investment in the nine-time Pro Bowler.

Russell Wilson shares what about Broncos appealed to him

Russell Wilson in a Broncos helmet

Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson felt it was time to move on. The Seahawks agreed and traded him to the Denver Broncos earlier this year.

There were several teams vying for Wilson’s services, but it was Denver he ultimately approved as his next destination. And when asked about that decision at the Broncos’ Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, Wilson provided a seemingly controversial answer.

Almost immediately, Wilson’s comments were portrayed as a shot at the Seahawks franchise. But were they? Wilson never specifically mentioned Seattle and seemed to be indicating that other interested parties had less roster depth and talent than the Broncos.

Wilson did carry Seattle’s offense the last several seasons, but it wasn’t always that way. Early in his career, it was a dominant defense and offensive depth that helped propel the Seahawks forward. Each of their Super Bowl appearances — and their lone victory — came on the back of an electric defense and the “Legion of Boom.”

Furthermore, the non-controversial Wilson has never uttered a negative word about the Seahawks. And during the very same luncheon, he reflected positively on his time there.

“Spending 10 years in Seattle, it was an amazing 10 years. But I’m excited about the next decade of my life, and what that looks like for my career. And to be able to share it with guys like this,” Wilson said, via ClutchPoints.

Perhaps Wilson could have chosen his words more carefully, but he didn’t seem to be throwing intentional shade. At least not at the Seahawks. But who was he referring to? That’s the question.

Key Broncos WR out for season with torn ACL

Tim Patrick looking ahead.

May 23, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) during OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have suffered a major blow to their offense in just the second week of NFL training camp.

Wide receiver Tim Patrick went down with a significant knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. He was later reported to have suffered a torn ACL.

Running back Damarea Crockett also went down with a potentially serious knee injury.

The NFL Network’s Jesse Palmer described the play leading up to Patrick’s injury. He said that Patrick caught a pass and landed cleanly, but then went down after he started running after the catch.

Broncos first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett spoke to reporters about the two injuries.

“A guy like Tim, he’s such an amazing leader,” Hackett said. “It breaks your heart. But on the flip side, it gives someone else an opportunity to really grow and become a great player.”

Patrick led the Broncos in receiving touchdowns during the last two seasons. In 2021, the 28-year-old had 53 catches for 734 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games.

While Patrick would be a tough player to replace from a production standpoint, the Broncos are pretty deep at the position. With Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton on the depth chart, Russell Wilson will still have plenty of options to throw to in the event that Patrick is out for an extended period of time.

F1 star Lewis Hamilton joins NFL ownership group

Lewis Hamilton at a press conference

Oct 20, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain (right) is interviewed after Hamilton takes the pole position during qualifying for the Unites States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Lewis Hamilton is broadening his horizons and getting involved in NFL ownership.

The Formula One star has joined the Denver Broncos’ new ownership group, the organization announced Tuesday. Details of the investment were not available, but in a statement, the team’s owners said Hamilton would bring his “resilient spirit and standard of excellence” to the franchise.

Hamilton shared his excitement over the deal on his Twitter account.

The 37-year-old driver is regarded as one of the sport’s greats, with a joint-record seven F1 titles. In 2020, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated his net worth at over $250 million, so he would certainly be capable of making a significant investment into the Broncos.

The Broncos’ new ownership group has been linked to some big names. One of them was Peyton Manning, though the former quarterback seems to have other plans for the moment.

Russell Wilson shares why he wanted trade to Broncos

Russell Wilson in a Broncos helmet

Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson had some specific criteria in mind when it came to his desired trade destinations.

The Pro Bowl quarterback was dealt from Seattle to Denver over the offseason. Wilson says that he had three wishes when it came to his new team.

Speaking to reporters Friday during the 2022 Russell Wilson Passing Academy in Denver, Wilson revealed what made the Denver Broncos such an attractive landing spot for him.

“Once the trade was going to happen, I said, ‘Hey, listen, I want to make sure that I go to a city that wants to win. I want to make sure that I go to a team that wants to win. And I want to go to a city that knows how to win.’ And all those three things were checked off the box here in Denver,” Wilson said.

The Broncos went 7-10 last season with a combination of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Locke at quarterback. They should be better with Wilson under center.

In 14 games last season, Wilson threw for 3,113 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He missed the first three games of his career due to a finger injury.

While Wilson won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and was an interception short of winning another the following year, his comments suggest that he didn’t think the Seahawks were a winning football team as currently constructed. One of Wilson’s former Seahawks teammates said that an unimaginative game plan may have played a part in Wilson’s desire to go elsewhere. Perhaps playing under Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who helped run a dynamic Green Bay Packers offense with Aaron Rodgers that led the league in scoring in 2020, was another draw for Wilson.

Report reveals Peyton Manning’s potential role with Broncos

Peyton Manning in a suit

Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have settled their ownership situation, and that may open the door for Peyton Manning to return to the franchise in a more formal role.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the new Walton-Penner ownership group has already had exploratory talks with Manning about a potential advisory role. That role could be expanded in the future and involve Manning actually taking on a share of ownership.

Prior reports had indicated that every prospective Broncos owner had at least sounded Manning out prior to the purchase, so this is no surprise. Now that the Walton-Penner group is firmly in place, they can get more serious about trying to bring Manning into the fold.

An advisory role could be ideal in allowing Manning to continue his memorable television work while simultaneously being involved in an NFL team. That assumes ESPN would be comfortable with it, but it seems unlikely they would have a problem given how good Manning has been for the network.

Broncos sell for record $4.65 billion price

John Elway looks ahead

Aug 24, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway stands on the field during warm ups prior to the Broncos’ game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos are no longer for sale.

The team announced on Twitter Tuesday that it has entered into a sale agreement with the Walton-Penner family ownership group.

Although an official price has yet to be revealed, Mike Klis of 9News reported Tuesday that the deal is for a U.S. sports-franchise record $4.65 billion. The Walton-Penner group’s purchase dwarfs the previous record $2.4 billion Steve Cohen paid for the New York Mets in 2020.

Walmart heir Rob Walton issued a statement on behalf of the Walton-Penner group, as did Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis on behalf of the team.

“We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos!” Walton said. “Thank you to Joe Ellis and the staff of the Broncos for the first-class manner in which they have conducted this sales process. When the necessary approval procedures are met, our family is excited to share more with Broncos fans, the organization and the community.”

“I have enjoyed getting to know Rob Walton, Carrie Walton Penner and Greg Penner throughout this process,” Ellis said. “Learning more about their background and vision for the Denver Broncos, I am confident that their leadership and support will help this team achieve great things on and off the field.

“While this purchase and sale agreement is pending approval from the NFL’s finance committee and league ownership, today marks a significant step on the path to an exciting new chapter in Broncos history.”

Walton, as well as family and minority partners, had been reported as a favorite to purchase the team in early May. Walton is the heir to the Walmart fortune and said to have an estimated net worth around $70 billion.

With this purchase, the Walton family owns four of Colorado’s professional sports teams. Along with the Broncos, the family owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids through Stan and Ann Walton Kroenke. Ann Walton Kroenke is Rob Walton’s cousin.