Most of the offseason heavy lifting for the Denver Broncos has been completed. What are five things we learned about the team so far in 2022?
The Denver Broncos, from top to bottom, have had just about the most active offseason by an NFL team perhaps in league history.
Not only did they hire a new coaching staff, but were active in free agency, highlighted by the addition of Russell Wilson, and were able to sell the team to a new ownership group.
Since the 2021 season ended, the direction of the franchise has changed drastically for the better.
In order to organize some of what’s happened so far, it’s worth looking at five things we’ve learned about the team during the 2022 offseason.
In three short months, the Denver Broncos will be playing meaningful football, and will begin a new era in Denver.
The Russell Wilson/Walton-Penner era is likely to bring a ton of success to the team, but as we know, there are more pieces to the Denver Broncos puzzle than just the quarterback and the owner.
The Denver Broncos franchise has undergone significant changes during the 2022 NFL offseason, so let’s pick the five most important things we’ve learned about the team during this historic time.
Five things we learned about the Denver Broncos this offseason
1. The Walmart Broncos
The Denver Broncos and Bowlen name were and still are synonymous with each other.
However, on June 7th, a historic day in Denver Broncos history made headlines across the country, as the Bowlen family trust entered into an agreement with an ownership group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton to purchase the Denver Broncos.
The value of the purchase, $4.65 billion, will soon set the record as the most expensive sale of a sports franchise in history.
So, until another team is sold that could top that number, the Denver Broncos are technically the most valuable sports franchise in the world right now.
That’s pretty cool. The team has a new owner, and those who were calling for the team to be sold got their wish.
After a four-decade run from the Bowlen family which netted insane success, the Denver Broncos are entering a new era with the Walton-Penner ownership group.
Rob Walton‘s net worth is around $60 billion, which makes him the richest owner in the NFL and one of the richest people in the entire world.
This also means the Denver Broncos may have an easier time with contracts. The owner of the Los Angeles Rams, Stan Kroenke is not nearly as wealthy, but, to put it in basic terms, the more cash a team/owner has, the easier it is to manipulate the NFL salary cap when creating large contracts and contract extensions.
New ownership is perhaps the biggest thing that happened to the Broncos this offseason.