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Monday, July 25, 2011
Pat Bowlen applauds agreement

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released a statement about the end of the NFL lockout. Here is what Bowlen, who was part of the negotiations, had to say:

“I am very pleased with the commitment shown by the National Football League, its owners and the players to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is fair for everyone. As co-Chair of the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, I applaud the hard work of my fellow committee members throughout every step of this process.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we are extremely appreciative of the patience and trust that this community has shown in the Denver Broncos during the negotiations. We care greatly about the special relationship we have with our fans, and it was our responsibility to resolve this matter and return football to the field. The loyalty of our fans, in particular our season ticket holders, has been truly remarkable over the last few months.

“Although the offseason was unsettling for everyone, this agreement will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of this league well into the future. I am thrilled that it is finally time to turn our attention back to the game that all of us love.

“There is tremendous energy and anticipation in our building with Head Coach John Fox and his staff eager to resume working with our players and getting back on the field. John Elway and the personnel department are ready to execute their free agency plans to improve our team.

“We are all excited in advance of the 2011 season and are looking forward to a successful year of Broncos football.”

UPDATE: The Broncos have just released statements from head coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders. Here they are:

DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH JOHN FOX:

“This is a great day for everyone involved with the National Football League—first and foremost our fans. Our coaching staff is comprised of a great group of teachers who are eager to begin working with our players. All of us are looking forward to building relationships with our players and making the Broncos a better team.

“Our preparation has been well thought out, and we are ready for training camp and the 2011 season.” 

DENVER BRONCOS GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN XANDERS:

“We are excited and ready for the start of the league year and free agency. Our pro and college personnel staffs have put in an enormous amount of preparation over the last 12 months.

“This process is very important for the success of the Broncos this season and beyond. We are fully prepared and ready to go.”