- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On the day the Denver Broncos will play in their biggest game of John Elway’s short era as the team’s leader, the team is mourning the death of the man who owned the team when the Broncos traded for Elway as a rookie in 1983.
The team put out a release to address the death of former owner Edgar Kaiser. He sold his majority rights to the team to current Denver owner Pat Bowlen in 1984. Kaiser later unsuccessfully sued to regain some rights to the team.
“On behalf of the Denver Broncos, I extend our sincere condolences to the family of Edgar Kaiser,” Bowlen said. “I have enormous appreciation for the opportunity Edgar gave me to become owner of this great franchise in 1984. Our deepest sympathies go out to Edgar’s family during this difficult time.”
Added Elway: “It is with great sadness that I learned of Mr. Kaiser’s untimely death. He was responsible for executing the trade that made me a Bronco, and I am forever grateful for everything he did for me. My thoughts are with the entire Kaiser family and his friends as they mourn their loss.”
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will be upstairs Saturday night against Denver in his first game back with the Patriots and his first meeting against Denver since he was hired as head coach in December 2010.
With Jeff Fisher taking the St. Louis job, Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen appears like he will stay in Denver. He has no other head-coaching interview currently scheduled. If the Broncos’ defense continues to make progress, expect Allen to get head-coaching interest next year.