John Elway is confident the Denver Broncos are in good hands. So much so, the longtime Bronco himself is splitting with the organization, at least on-paper.
Elway’s consultant contract with Denver reportedly expired last month at the start of the new league year.
The former player-turned-executive now doesn’t have an official contractual role with the organization.
Elway’s official time with the Broncos has come to an end.
“I’ve enjoyed the relationship with the Broncos for a long, long time,’’ Elway told 9News. “I told Greg I’d be happy to be a resource for him and help in any way that I can. I just wanted the flexibility. They’re in great hands. I still plan on being around to watch and be a resource for Greg or George, if I can.’’
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Aside from his tremendous NFL playing career, Elway’s most notable move in Denver as a GM was persuading all-time great Peyton Manning to leave Indianapolis for the Broncos. The move paid off in a Super Bowl title.
The post-Manning era in Denver has been rocky. A revolving door of quarterbacks and multiple leadership changes have plagued any sense of consistency to build on. Elway, meanwhile, stepped aside and handed the reins over to George Paton as the team’s new GM in 2020. Paton’s big move was the team’s acquisition of Russell Wilson ahead of the 2022 season. It was yet another sign of the organization’s appeal. Unfortunately for Elway, Paton and Co., Wilson was only a shell of himself last year and the team finished 5-12.
Now, after a long stretch with the organization, Elway departs from the team. Paton and the Broncos hope to once again return to the Super Bowl with new ownership in town. Wilson’s play next season will ultimately determine how that quest unfolds.
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Publish Date:2023-04-05 22:44:11