Helmet photo stirs the pot before uniform is revealed

One of the biggest changes for the Denver Broncos will be the on-field attire.

The club teased a new set of uniforms on March 25. Different ideas for what the sweaters could look like have circulated. But there may be something to a recent leak of the new helmets.

“The Denver Broncos’ new helmet design has been leaked on an oversized helmet that will be seen at next week’s NFL Draft,” Andrew Lind of said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on April 20.

“Multiple sources have indicated that the design itself is an accurate representation of what the Broncos will unveil as their primary helmet on Monday, along with a matching white alternative and royal blue throwback design,” Lind wrote in a follow-up report.

The most striking aspect of this is that the triangles match previous descriptions of the helmet.

Broncos leak explained as promotional helmet

Thunder, Denver Broncos

GettyThunder, the mascot of the Denver Broncos.

Fans were quick to point it out several design flaws from the circulating image, especially the quality of the decals and the type of paint.

“The helmet in the photo is not an authentic or replica helmet. Note the spray paint and application of the decals, which normally had a clear vinyl around the edges of the logo,” Lind wrote in his report. “That’s because in the photo one of the oversized helmets which will be featured during the NFL Draft in Detroit next week.”

Lind shared examples of similar helmets that have been used for similar purposes in the past.

The Broncos will reveal it their full set of uniforms on April 22. The 2024 draft begins with the first round on April 25. The Broncos enter 12th overall.

Confirmation will only come after the official unveiling during the draft. So we can only go by what Broncos president Damani Leech said about the new uniforms to draw parallels with the alleged leaks.

Broncos president Damani Leech talks inspiration for new uniforms

Denver Broncos players

GettyDenver Broncos players enter the field.

“We surveyed fans in the fall of ’22 and just kept working on this. So to finally be able to confirm for the fans that we are going to have uniforms is pretty exciting,” Leech said during the NFL Annual Meeting on March 25. “I think fans can expect a modern evolution of our uniforms.”

Leech insisted this would only be a redesign of the uniforms.

“It’s not a rebranding,” Leech said. “Same color, same Bronco colors and logos. But certainly in a more modern and improved way.”

The Broncos have only undergone a handful of complete redesigns in their history. They have achieved greater success in each new era. That’s as encouraging for fans as any other aspect of this new uniform launch.

“It’s time for a change. And we think we’ll have something that honors Broncos Country,” owner Greg Penner said at the owners meeting on March 26. “Our fans will be happy to have elements of Colorado (in the uniform). It was an interesting process in which Carrie was closely involved – myself, the coaches, some of our players. So we got a lot of feedback – also from the fans. And I think we will have something that they will be excited about.”