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(The Sports Xchange) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is resigning control of the team to focus on battling Alzheimer's Disease.

Team president Joe Ellis is assuming control of the franchise, which Bowlen purchased in 1984 when the team faced bankruptcy. In 16 playoff appearances, the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl six times.

"This is a sad day for the NFL," commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday in a statement released by the league. "Pat Bowlen's leadership has been critical to the success of the Broncos and the entire NFL."

The Pat Bowlen Trust was established to keep the team in the family. Bowlen has seven children and there is no plan to sell the team.

Running back Jamaal Charles reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team reported for training camp, according to reports.

Charles, 28, rushed for 1,287 yards in 2013, which was the third best total in the NFL last season, and he ran for 1,509 yards in 2012.

Cincinnati Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown announced he is ceding more day-to-day control to coach Marvin Lewis and his daughter, executive vice president Katie Blackburn.   Continued...

 
Denver Broncos executive John Elway and owner Pat Bowlen celebrate the 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots following the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA;Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports