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Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is optimistic that the 2022 season will be special after the club acquired quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Every detail matters with (Wilson),” Jeudy said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. “You learn a lot, just how hard he works and how focused he is when he’s on the field and on the board.”

Jeudy added: “I feel like we are going to be a very explosive team. I feel like we’ve got all the pieces we needed, so we’ve just gotta put it together, and I am excited that is going to happen.”

Wilson, a former Super Bowl champion, brings leadership and stability to the Broncos after spending 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle traded the nine-time Pro Bowl passer to the Broncos for a bevy of picks that included two first-round selections.

Meanwhile, Jeudy is looking to bounce back after experiencing a series of setbacks last season. The 2020 first-round selection missed seven games in his second year due to an ankle injury and time spent on the COVID-19 list. He tallied 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.

The Alabama product is hopeful that with Wilson under center, he can surpass his totals from a promising rookie season in 2020. He recorded 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns in his first year.

Jeudy also shared that he is healthy ahead of training camp after missing OTAs with a strained groin. The 23-year-old wideout is expected to be a key figure in a Broncos’ pass-catching group that features Courtland SuttonKJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick.

Denver is aiming to improve its 7-10 record from last season. The AFC West club hired Nathaniel Hackett as its head coach after parting ways with Vic Fangio. The former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator will attempt to elevate Denver’s 211.4 passing yards per game and 10.9 yards per reception averages from last year.

The Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos enter the 2022 season with high expectations after bringing in new starting quarterbacks this offseason. Denver acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster move, while Indy added Matt Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who made history with both the Colts and Broncos, thinks his former teams landed the right quarterbacks.

“Russell and Matt, they have high expectations for themselves,” Manning said at the “Manning Passing Academy” on Friday, according to NFL.com’s Michael Baca. “They want to work together with the team, get on the same page, and want to help the team win and do their part. So I think both of them will handle that well.”

Manning talked to both quarterbacks before the trades were completed.

“For Matt, in particular, he kind of mentioned that Atlanta was looking for possibly a trade, and he was asking about Indy,” Manning said. “I just kind of really liked that match. I thought it would be great for Matt in this second chapter for him, and I thought it would be really good for the Colts, who I think are really close and have a lot of pieces and just could really use a veteran leader. He and (Colts head coach) Frank Reich have really hit it off.”

Ryan played 14 seasons in Atlanta. The 2016 NFL MVP became the franchise’s all-time passing leader with 59,735 yards and 367 touchdowns, though he was limited to 3,968 yards and 20 TD passes last season. The 37-year-old will now replace Carson Wentz, whom the Colts traded to the Washington Commanders after missing the playoffs in 2021.

Meanwhile, Wilson joins a Broncos team that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2015 – Manning’s last year in Denver. The 33-year-old Wilson earned nine Pro Bowl berths and helped the Seahawks win one Super Bowl title across 10 seasons in Seattle.

“It’s a new chapter for him,” Manning said of Wilson. “Broncos fans and players are hungry. We’ve been in a little bit of a drought the past few years, and it’s time to get the Broncos back to where they’re supposed to be.”

Manning spent his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, winning four MVP awards and lifting the Lombardi Trophy once. He then signed with the Broncos, with whom he earned another MVP honor and won a Super Bowl title.

The Denver Broncos‘ new ownership and Peyton Manning have engaged in talks about an advisory role in the organization, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Manning could reportedly eventually earn a place in the Walton-Penner ownership group and equity in the franchise if he took the job.

The Walton-Penner family entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the Broncos on Tuesday, reportedly paying $4.65 billion – a new U.S sports record – to the Pat Bowlen Trust for the organization.

All four of the bidders for the AFC West club contacted Manning to gauge his interest in joining their groups, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

The Hall of Fame quarterback’s next career path has been subject to consistent speculation ever since he retired following the 2015 season.

Aside from teaming up with his brother Eli for “ManningCast” this past season, as well as several other TV projects with ESPN, Manning has appeared reluctant to make any long-term commitments for his non-playing future in the NFL.

The former signal-caller apparently turned down multiple offers from various networks to work as a broadcaster since retiring.

Manning starred for the Broncos from 2012-15 after the Indianapolis Colts cut him. He won his record fifth MVP award in 2013 and guided Denver to its first Super Bowl title since 1998 in his final campaign.

The Denver Broncos and the Walton-Penner family have entered into a purchase and sale agreement, the team announced Tuesday.

The agreement, which is subject to approval from the NFL’s finance committee and league ownership, calls for the Walton-Penner family to acquire the franchise from the Pat Bowlen Trust.

“I have enjoyed getting to know Rob Walton, Carrie Walton Penner and Greg Penner throughout this process,” Broncos president Joe Ellis said in a statement. “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.”

Ellis added: “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.”

The sale price is $4.65 billion, which will set a new U.S. sports-franchise record, reports Mike Klis of 9News.

Denver is the first NFL franchise to be sold since David Tepper acquired the Carolina Panthers for $2.27 billion in 2018.

The Broncos officially went up for sale Feb. 1. Pat Bowlen purchased the franchise in 1984 and helped it win three Super Bowl titles. His family controlled the team after he died in 2019 from complications due to Alzheimer’s.

“We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos,” Rob Walton said in a statement. “Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans.”

Walton added, “We look forward to earning the confidence and support of the NFL as we take the next step in this process.”

At least 24 yes votes from owners are required for the agreement to be approved, according to ESPN.

Rob, the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, served as chairman of the retail company for more than two decades after his father died in 1992. Rob’s cousin Ann is married to Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, according to Sports Illustrated’s Luke Patterson.

The Broncos already kicked off a new era this year after acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson in a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Denver general manager George Paton also hired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett this year.

Russell Wilson has a lot of appreciation for his time in Seattle but recognizes that he’ll have to find a way to treat his Week 1 matchup against the Seahawks like any other game.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting time. Obviously, Seattle’s meant the world to me over the past 10 years,” Wilson said Monday, according to DNVR’s Zac Stevens. “I think for me, it’s not emotional. It’s got to be non-emotional. You got to be able to go into it with the understanding that it’s just ball.”

Wilson’s new club, the Denver Broncos, will open their season on the road in a Monday Night Football bout versus the Seahawks.

The 33-year-old spent 10 seasons in Seattle before being dealt to Denver in a stunning trade earlier this offseason. He left many memories with his former side, including one Super Bowl championship, 104 wins, and nine Pro Bowl invites. Wilson previously said that the split was mutual.

“It will always be a special place in my heart forever,” Wilson said. “For me, it’s about going over there and trying to play the best football for our football team here and trying to go win.”

The Broncos added Wilson and head coach Nathaniel Hackett in hopes of getting their franchise back on track. Denver has missed the postseason in six straight seasons.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested in Colorado on Thursday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff announced in a statement.

Jeudy was charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, which is a misdemeanor charge.

The 23-year-old was released on bond Friday after spending the night in jail, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Sheriff Tyler Brown said in a press conference Thursday that a woman, who has a child with Jeudy, called police in the morning saying Jeudy had some “property” of hers that she could no longer access, according to CB Cotton of Denver7 News.

“There was no physical contact between Mr. Jeudy and the female party. It solely involved property,” Brown said, according to Michael Spencer of CBS.

The victim in Jeudy’s case also addressed the situation Friday.

“I did want to dismiss the case. I just wanted (the police) to monitor the situation,” the woman said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7. “(Jeudy) was not a threat. I didn’t feel threatened.”

In Colorado, second-degree criminal tampering is defined as tampering “with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance to that person or to another or if he knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility,” according to Andrew Mason of DNVR Sports.

“When it comes to the severity of the charge, this is a very low-level misdemeanor,” Brown said, according to Spencer. “But we take all cases of domestic violence very seriously. It’s important to make sure that (the) victim’s voices are heard … and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

The Broncos released a statement following the wideout’s arrest. “We are aware of the matter involving Jerry Jeudy and are in the process of gathering more information.”

Jeudy, the 15th overall pick in 2020, is entering his third season with Denver.

After the Denver Broncos were rendered spectators on the first night of the NFL draft last month, John Elway said he turned to his successor George Paton and told him, “great first-round pick!”

As in 10-year veteran QB Russell Wilson, whom Paton acquired from the Seahawks in exchange for Denver’s first- and second-round picks this year and next along with three veteran players.

Elway, who transitioned into an outside consultant role to Paton after his contract as the Broncos’ president of football operations expired earlier this year, praised his handpicked successor’s shrewdness in acquiring Wilson.

“We’re excited that he’s in town, there’s no question. He’s kind of the piece that we needed,” Elway said Wednesday following a news conference announcing the 2024 BMW Championship golf tournament would be played at Castle Pines Golf Course, where he’s a board member.

Wilson, Elway said, has “a good football team around him. George did a tremendous job of putting that deal together and getting him up here. So, it’s great to see that fan base energized again, and we’ve got a chance to compete in that AFC West, which is obviously going to be tough.”

Elway, who won two Super Bowls as a player and another as a front-office executive in Denver, never was able to find a suitable successor to Peyton Manning.

He said he’s thrilled the Broncos look like they’ll be competitive again with Wilson under center.

“Like any year, we’ve got to stay healthy, and we’ve had a tough time doing that the last several years,” Elway said. “So, if we can stay healthy, Russell’s been there, he’s won Super Bowls. He knows what it takes and the leadership that he’s providing is tremendous.”

Elway compared the effect of Wilson’s arrival to that of Manning’s in 2012 when No. 18 made all other players accountable and led them to two Super Bowls in four years.

Wilson faces an AFC West, however, that features fellow quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Derek Carr.

“It makes it tough, and the thing is they’re young, too, which makes it even tougher,” Elway said. “But it’ll make it exciting for the fans here in Denver and hopefully we can figure out how to make it to the top of the AFC West.”

Elway said Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto was a steal at No. 64 in the draft and that he should contribute right away along with UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich, the 80th overall selection.

Elway has been splitting his time between Southern California, where he’s building a new home, and Denver. He said he’s enjoying spending more time with his grandkids but wants to stay involved with the Broncos once the Bowlen family sells the franchise this summer.

Five finalists are in the process of touring the team’s headquarters and stadium and going over the books ahead of a sale that’s expected to top $4 billion, a record for a sports franchise.

Elway said he’ll reach out to the winning bidder and offer to help the new owners in any way he can, such as navigating relationships with the city and the NFL.

After completing his first voluntary minicamp practice with the Denver Broncos on Monday, quarterback Russell Wilson already can’t see playing anywhere else for the rest of his NFL career.

“I want to be here, obviously. I want to live here. Hopefully, I get to finish my career here,” Wilson said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7. “The city is amazing. The energy. The people. It’s a great sports town. The schools, everything. Everything is a big part of it for me and my family.

“To be here is such an exciting thing, and hopefully, we will win a lot of football games.”

Wilson has previously said he wants to play until he’s 45. The veteran turns 34 in November, so he’d need to play another 11 seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to the Broncos in a blockbuster move in March, concluding a 10-year relationship and ending Denver’s long hunt for a successor to Peyton Manning.

Wilson will be working under only his second NFL head coach, Nathaniel Hackett, after spending his entire Seahawks career with Pete Carroll.

The quarterback heaped praise on Hackett, who spent three seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator before the Broncos hired him to replace Vic Fangio in January.

“He’s an amazing teacher. I think that’s what I love about it,” said Wilson. “Everyone is learning at such a rapid pace. He just brings great energy. He’s young, he’s vibrant. He brings that intelligence to the game.

“Our relationship is really tight. To give him little handoffs here and there, somebody said they call him ‘White Lightning.’ I don’t know about that, but he looked good.”

Wilson will look to rebound with the Broncos after a disappointing final season with Seattle. The Seahawks finished 7-10 in 2021, missing the playoffs for only the second since Wilson arrived in 2012.

The signal-caller missed three games due to a thumb injury – the first missed starts of his career – and finished the year with a career-low 3,113 passing yards and his fewest touchdowns (25) since the 2016 campaign.

The Denver Broncos are re-signing running back Melvin Gordon to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Gordon and Javonte Williams split time in Denver’s backfield last year, producing nearly identical stat lines.

The veteran racked up 918 yards and eight touchdowns on 203 carries, while Williams had 903 yards and four touchdowns on the same number of rushing attempts as a rookie.

Gordon’s return gives the Broncos one of the better running back duos in the NFL to back up new signal-caller Russell Wilson.

The 29-year-old had 986 yards and nine scores during his first campaign in Denver in 2020. He also caught 32 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.

Gordon spent the first five seasons of his career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, producing 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns while making two Pro Bowls (2016 and 2018).

Peyton Manning is hoping to make things easier for Russell Wilson as he embarks on a new journey with the Denver Broncos.

Like Wilson, Manning arrived in Denver after a long successful stint with the team that drafted him. The Hall of Fame quarterback found success with the Broncos and has offered advice to Wilson to help with his transition.

“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times,” Manning told Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. “And we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time.

“(I’ve had) conversations (with coach Nathaniel) Hackett as well about some of those things, maybe some dos and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”

The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to Denver in early March after 10 seasons with the team, where he won two NFC championships and a Super Bowl title.

The Broncos are coming off a disappointing 7-10 season, but Manning anticipates major improvements for the team with Wilson under center.

“Look, it’s all about having continuity and consistency,” Manning said. “The fact that Russell is the starting quarterback today – we know that. There is no quarterback competition (like last year). Every receiver knows they need to get their timing with him down to a perfect science. That’s the world I always lived in and always believed in, and that’s just going to pay great dividends for the team.”