Peyton Manning, John Elway linked to Broncos in ownership buzz

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If the Denver Broncos do not remain in the family of late owner Pat Bowlen, a sale could happen as early as 2022.

If the Broncos do hit the market, the team will undoubtedly draw plenty of suitors, with two former quarterbacks potentially among them.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday that Peyton Manning has “had contact with potential ownership groups to glean how he might be able to have a role both as a potential minority investor as well as perhaps with the management of the team.”

Shortly after that CBS report emerged, KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis reported that John Elway also “has interest in being part of [an] ownership group if the team should be put up for sale.”

Of course, this interest will only become relevant if the team is put on the market, and that hasn’t happened — yet.

Forbes recently estimated that the Broncos are worth $3.75 billion. Neither Manning nor Elway would be able to afford that kind of price tag on their own, but either one of them could be the face of an ownership group with multiple investors.

It remains to be seen if Manning and Elway would be willing to combine to form one ownership group bid. Otherwise, the Hall of Fame quarterbacks might be headed for a bidding war between themselves.

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