Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) breaks up a pass in the end zone for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) in the second half the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos re-sign S Kareem Jackson to 1-year deal

The Broncos agreed to terms with safety Kareem Jackson on a one-year deal, the Denver Post and 9NEWS of Denver reported Thursday.

The deal is worth up to $5 million, according to 9NEWS.

Jackson, 33, spent the past three seasons with the Broncos after playing his first nine NFL seasons with the Houston Texans. He started 15 games in 2021 and finished the season with 88 tackles, one interception and one sack.

In 176 career games (168 starts), Jackson has tallied 20 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three sacks. He has 807 career tackles, including a 89 tackles in 2020.

The Texans drafted Jackson in the first round (No. 10 overall) out of Alabama in 2010.

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Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten works with tight ends Jace Sternberger (87) and Evan Baylis (49) during practice at rookie minicamp at the Don Hutson Center on Friday, May 3, 2019 in Ashwaubenon, Wis.

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Broncos hiring Packers TE coach Justin Outten as OC

The Denver Broncos are hiring Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten as their new offensive coordinator.

Outten, 38, replaces Pat Shurmur, who was let go when the Broncos fired head coach Vic Fangio on Jan. 9. Outten will be reunited with new Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett after both worked together in Green Bay for the past three seasons.

The Broncos are also hiring former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak as their quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Kubiak, 34, the son of former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, had been with the Vikings in multiple roles since 2019.

After a three-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons — first as a coaching intern (2016), then as an offensive assistant (2017-18) — Outten joined the Packers in 2019.

With Outten’s departure, the Packers have lost three members of their 2021 coaching staff, including Hackett and passing game coordinator Luke Getsy, who was hired by the Chicago Bears on Sunday as their offensive coordinator.

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Dec 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A Denver Broncos helmet against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos seek new owner by start of 2022 season

The Denver Broncos are officially up for sale.

In a statement released Tuesday, chief executive officer Joe Ellis said he hopes to have new ownership in place by the start of next season.

Forbes valued the franchise at $3.75 billion ahead of the 2021 campaign.

“The Pat Bowlen Trust announced today the beginning of a sale process for the Denver Broncos,” Ellis said. “… Selling an NFL team is a complex process involving numerous parties and league approval procedures. Nonetheless, the trustees hope to have the sale completed by the start of the 2022 NFL season.

“The Broncos are a special franchise that is part of the fabric of this region, and whoever emerges as the new owner will certainly understand what the team means to our great fans and this community.”

Bowlen, who purchased the team in 1984, passed away in 2019 from Alzheimer’s complications.

The sale announcement was not unexpected. The team has been enmeshed in lawsuits involving Bowlen’s heirs and selling the franchise emerged as perhaps the best solution for all parties.

The Broncos released a statement from the Bowlen family on Tuesday thanking the players, coaches and employees for their “countless sacrifices and dedication” and acknowledging the fans “for this incredible ride.”

“With today beginning the Broncos’ transition to new ownership, our family is overwhelmed with gratitude for what this organization and community have meant to us,” the family said. “There are truly no words to express our deep appreciation to all of Broncos Country for its unwavering support during the past four decades.”

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Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos request interviews with Dan Quinn, Jerod Mayo

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo received requests to interview with the Denver Broncos, per multiple reports.

News 9 in Denver reported Monday afternoon that Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, 33, would also interview with the Broncos.

Vic Fangio was fired by the Broncos on Sunday.

Quinn, previously head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, helped resurrect the Dallas defense in his first season with the Cowboys.

Mayo played for Bill Belichick and New England from 2008-15 and has spent three seasons as an assistant coach.

The Broncos went 7-10 and lost four games in a row to end the 2021 season, the first campaign with George Paton as general manager.

Among questions for the team this offseason are how to fix the quarterback position.

Denver acquired Teddy Bridgewater to compete with Drew Lock prior to last season. Bridgewater won the competition but missed the last three games after a head injury.

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Dec 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is carted off the field in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater remains in concussion protocol

Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains in the concussion protocol and the Broncos are preparing to play without him in Week 17.

Drew Lock will likely get a second consecutive start Sunday against the host Los Angeles Chargers if Bridgewater is unable to return.

Lock threw for 153 yards in a Week 16 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Denver’s second consecutive defeat.

Bridgewater, 29, was hospitalized after Denver’s Week 15 game against Cincinnati. He was taken off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter after a hard fall.

The Broncos (7-8) face long odds to make the playoffs after their 17-13 loss to the Raiders. They are the 13th seed heading into their clash with the Chargers (8-7).

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Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) makes a touchdown catch against Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders commit three turnovers but still beat Broncos

Derek Carr was 20-for-25 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown, Peyton Barber ran for a score, and the host Las Vegas Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 17-13 on Sunday.

Hunter Renfrow caught a touchdown pass and Josh Jacobs rushed for 129 yards for Las Vegas (8-7), which overcame three turnovers.

Drew Lock was 15-for-22 passing for 153 yards, and Javonte Williams had a rushing touchdown for the Broncos (7-8), who had just eight first downs and 158 total yards and saw their slim playoff hopes take another hit.

After a scoreless first quarter, both teams broke through in the second. The Raiders struck first when Carr found Renfrow in the back corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Denver answered on the ensuing drive on a 49-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to make the score 7-3.

The teams traded punts and Las Vegas had the ball at its 33. Jacobs fumbled on second down, giving the Broncos the ball at the Raiders’ 41. They couldn’t get a first down, and McManus kicked a 55-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-6 with 32 seconds left in the half.

On the next snap, Bradley Chubb intercepted Carr at the Las Vegas 22 and returned it to the 1. Williams ran it in on first down to give Denver a 13-7 halftime lead.

The Raiders took the opening drive of the second half 75 yards on nine plays, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Barber and a 14-13 Las Vegas lead.

The Broncos had a chance to take the lead again when Carr fumbled, but McManus missed a 55-yard field goal try near the end of the third quarter. Las Vegas then used 13 plays to go just 32 yards but ate 7:38 of the clock and increased its lead to 17-13 on Dan Carlson’s 41-yard field goal.

Denver was forced to punt with about four minutes left and couldn’t stop the Raiders from running out the clock.

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Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos, Raiders try to stay alive in AFC playoff hunt

The Denver Broncos have slim hopes of reaching the playoffs after a home loss to Cincinnati last week. They likely have to win their final three games and get some help to slip into the postseason for the first time in six years.

And they will have to do their part with a backup quarterback starting at the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

Head coach Vic Fangio announced Wednesday that Drew Lock will get the start for Teddy Bridgewater, who left the loss to the Bengals with a concussion. Lock, the Broncos’ No. 1 quarterback last year, lost the job to Bridgewater in preseason and has seen limited action in 2021.

He led Denver (7-7) on its only touchdown drive of the game in the 15-10 loss to Cincinnati but also had a costly fumble in the red zone. He will have a full week of reps with the first-team offense ahead of the game at Las Vegas.

“The only thing that’s really going to change this week is that I’m actually going to be out there taking the reps,” Lock said Wednesday. “My prep that I’ve done throughout the week as a backup — I’m still going to take it to the next level with being the starter, but most of my planning throughout the week and what I’ve done prepping-wise is probably going to stay the same. I may even amp it up a little bit with now being able to take real practice reps.”

Fangio said Bridgewater will be the starter when he is healthy. Bridgewater, along with defensive lineman Shamar Stephen (knee) and Dre’Mont Jones (foot), linebacker Kenny Young (concussion), running back Melvin Gordon III (thumb/hip) and safety Kareem Jackson (back) didn’t practice Wednesday while Mike Boone, PJ Locke and Malik Reed were activated from the COVID-19/reserve list.

The Raiders are coming off a last-second win at Cleveland on Monday, a game that was moved back two days because of COVID-19 issues with the Browns. The victory was tempered with the shoulder injury to safety Johnathan Abram, who was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery. Then on Wednesday cornerback Brandon Facyson was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list, eroding the secondary depth.

Las Vegas receiver Zay Jones (toe), linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle), tight end Darren Waller (knee/back), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (back) and running back Josh Jacobs (illness) didn’t take part in the walk through on Wednesday.

Although the teams have the same record, Las Vegas is in a better position to reach the playoffs after the 16-14 win at Cleveland. The Raiders play two of their last three games at home and have a better conference record.

“We’re 7-7. We are what our record is. We just have to take it one at a time,” defensive end Maxx Crosby said after Monday’s win. “This was a big step on the road, no matter what it is. We had some guys out. They had some guys out, and we got a win. We found a way. So we got Denver next week. We need to lock back in. We’ve only got six days to recover. We’re excited about the challenge.”

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter during a Week 13 NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Bengals, Broncos meet in showdown of 7-6 squads

The NFL moving to a 17-game season has helped teams stay in the playoff race a little longer. It also helps when the league is packed so tightly without one team standing out more than any other.

The playoff picture will begin to clear up in the coming weeks, but for Denver and Cincinnati, it will be more immediate. The teams meet Sunday, with the winner solidifying its hold on a playoff spot and the loser needing a late-season run to stay alive.

The Broncos (7-6) and Bengals (7-6) are two of the five AFC teams to hold those records after 14 weeks of football. Cincinnati is in a better position within the AFC North, sitting one game back of the Baltimore Ravens despite losing its last two games.

The Bengals are coming off two straight disappointing home losses, the last one in overtime when San Francisco scored a touchdown following a Cincinnati field goal.

The Bengals have a tough finish to the season with all four opponents holding winning records while players are nursing minor injuries. Quarterback Joe Burrow didn’t practice Wednesday, and the injury report lists a right finger injury, but it shouldn’t prevent him from playing.

“It’s good; good enough,” Burrow told reporters on Wednesday. “Good enough to play.”

Several other players didn’t practice Wednesday but the only one who is in danger of not taking the field in Denver on Sunday is offensive tackle Riley Reiff, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Clark Harris, Trey Hill and Trey Hopkins didn’t practice due to illness.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who dealt with back spasms last Sunday, didn’t practice Wednesday but has not been ruled out for Sunday.

The Broncos have bounced back from a four-game losing streak to put themselves in the hunt for their first playoff spot since winning Super Bowl 50 six seasons ago.

Several Denver players sat out practice, but coach Vic Fangio didn’t sound worried about their statuses for Sunday. One who is questionable is Dre’Mont Jones, who is dealing with a foot injury.

“If we had to list him today, I’d say he was questionable, and it’s truly 50-50,” Fangio said Wednesday.

Wide receiver Tim Patrick hurt his finger in the win over Detroit last week but was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

The Broncos’ recent surge has come with a more effective running game that has developed into a two-headed beast. Javonte Williams leads the team with 743 rushing yards in 13 games and Melvin Gordon III is right behind with 716 in 12 games.

Gordon’s one-game absence seemed to refill his tank. He has put together back-to-back strong outings. Fangio said using both could help keep the running backs fresh for the stretch run.

“I think so. Obviously, Javonte had a bunch of touches the week before,” he said. “Melvin came back this week. Melvin was running (well), so we left him in there. He got more than Javonte did, which probably — coming off of the previous game now — allows us to have good freedom going into this game.”

It also takes pressure off quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has thrown just 43 passes in Denver’s last two wins.

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