CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — After the Denver Broncos have been rendered spectators on the primary evening of the NFL draft final month, John Elway stated he turned to his successor George Paton and instructed 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 stated Wednesday following a information convention saying the 2024 BMW Championship golf match could be performed at Castle Pines Golf Course, the place he is a board member.
Wilson, Elway stated, has “a great soccer group round him. George did an incredible job of placing that deal collectively and getting him up right here. So, it is nice to see that fan base energized once more, and we have an opportunity to compete in that AFC West, which is clearly going to be powerful.”
Elway, who received two Super Bowls as a participant and one other as a front-office govt in Denver, by no means was capable of finding an appropriate successor to Peyton Manning.
He stated he is thrilled the Broncos appear to be they’re going to be aggressive once more with Wilson beneath heart.
“Like any year, we’ve got to stay healthy, and we’ve had a tough time doing that the last several years,” Elway stated. “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 in contrast the impact of Wilson’s arrival to that of Manning’s in 2012 when No. 18 made all different gamers accountable and led them to 2 Super Bowls in 4 years.
Wilson faces an AFC West, nevertheless, that options 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 stated Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto was a steal at No. 64 within the draft and that he ought to contribute instantly together with UCLA tight finish Greg Dulcich, the eightieth total choice.
Elway has been splitting his time between Southern California, the place he is constructing a brand new house, and Denver. He stated he is having fun with spending extra time along with his grandkids however needs to remain concerned with the Broncos as soon as the Bowlen household sells the franchise this summer time.
Five finalists are within the technique of touring the group’s headquarters and stadium and going over the books forward of a sale that is anticipated to high $4 billion, a report for a sports activities franchise.
Elway stated he’ll attain out to the successful bidder and supply to assist the brand new homeowners in any method he can, similar to navigating relationships with the town and the NFL.
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