Denver Broncos to hire Packers’ Nathaniel Hackett as team’s next head coach

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Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett before an NFL divisional playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, Saturday, Jan 22. 2022, in Green Bay, Wis.

The Denver Broncos have picked Nathaniel Hackett as the team’s next head coach. Once in place, he will be the 18th person to fill the role and the fifth person to lead the team since 2011. 

Hackett spent this season as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. He’s been with the team for the past three seasons, and previously oversaw the offenses of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. 

NFL Network first reported Hackett’s hiring Thursday. The move has increased speculation that the Broncos will attempt to lure All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers away from Green Bay as well.

The Broncos fired former head coach Vic Fangio earlier this month, less than a day after the team finished its season with a 24-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team is also currently up for sale. Earlier this month, a Denver District Court judge invalidated a right-of-first refusal agreement between former owners.  The decision cleared the path for bidding to move forward. 

Forbes has valued the Broncos franchise at $3.75 billion. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.