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Broncos extend John Elway’s deal, name him G.M.


John Elway has been building the Broncos up for years, and he’ll continue to with a new title.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos have extended Elway’s contract with the team through 2017, and have given him the title of General Manager.

To be fair, they could call Elway executive vice president of football operations, el jefe, or honcho, or whatever — he runs the place. But the title and the contract cement that, after some personnel department shuffling in recent offseasons.

Elway had another year left on his existing deal, but they replaced that with a new four-year pact. They had already extended defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, meaning a new John Fox deal is likely next.

After inheriting a 4-12 mess, Elway has guided the Broncos to a 34-14 record the last three seasons, and recruited quarterback Peyton Manning to keep them at that level for the short term.

Replacing Manning at some point will be the next task, and Elway’s new deal guarantees he’ll be the one making that decision.


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53 Responses to “Broncos extend John Elway’s deal, name him G.M.”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Feb 12, 2014 12:06 PM

    Nobody in the nfl is more deserving. Great quarterback, great executive, great man.

  2. beardinals says: Feb 12, 2014 12:06 PM

    Take away Manning and you have an average team. Even with him, he seemed to lose significant steam by the end of the season.

  3. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 12, 2014 12:08 PM

    And the implosion of the Donkeys is now complete. 🙂

  4. tindeaux says: Feb 12, 2014 12:09 PM

    at least, elway is willing to bring in big name to make an impact. any team that brings in manning will get good result. let’s wait and see what’ll happen after manning retires.

  5. justintuckrule says: Feb 12, 2014 12:11 PM

    He should give half of that money to Peyton. Without him, they’d be another meandering team. Where was Elway when he drafted Brock Osweiler over Russell Wilson? Think of how great that franchise would have been set up for the next 12 years if he had Wilson as Manning’s caddy for two years.

  6. realnflmaster says: Feb 12, 2014 12:13 PM

    It doesn’t take any skill to put a team together around Manning.

  7. intelligent cement says: Feb 12, 2014 12:14 PM

    Elway’s teeth are promoted to head of scouting.

  8. redmanalishi says: Feb 12, 2014 12:17 PM

    I don’t doubt that he was absolutely pivotal in signing Manning. He also successfully ran Tebow out of town. Two great accomplishments. But has he done much else? Either way, good move the Broncos.

  9. dalcow4 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:17 PM

    And if/when Manning gets hurts/retires…?


  10. Denver Geldings - Getting blown out in the SuperBowl since 1960 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:19 PM

    I have to agree with the comments about him not really proving anything yet. Signing a free agent named Peyton Manning does not make someone a football genius. It doesnt make him a fantastic evaluator of talent, etc. Not saying Elway isnt capable, just saying I could have made that decision and it wouldnt make me a genius. Lets see how many wins and losses they see post Manning… Especially when you consider that Decker, Demaryius, and Moreno were all brought in by McDaniels

  11. brazzz01 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:19 PM

    Elway will celebrate by having a nice crisp apple through a picket fence like the old days…

  12. bert1913 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    of course elway’s success is tied to manning. let’s see how elway does without manning before we judge him

  13. brazzz01 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    It doesn’t take any skill to put a team together around Manning.

    It does take a special skill that only one QB has to come in to a Super Bowl with the greatest offense in history and lose 43-8….

  14. brazzz01 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:22 PM

    Take away Manning and you have an average team.

    Take away Manning and add Tim Tebow and you still win a playoff game with that team.


  15. playedthegame32 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:22 PM

    Funny how good everyone looks when you have a great quarterback!!!!! Hmmmmm

  16. jimmyt says: Feb 12, 2014 12:25 PM

    Tebow would have beat the Seahawks.

  17. WACANHFL says: Feb 12, 2014 12:25 PM

    Way to go Mr. Ed, love to see your Broncos in the Super Bowl again.
    Sincerely, A Seahawks Fan.

  18. meatcarroll says: Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    John Schneider > John Elway

  19. meatcarroll says: Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    John Schneider > John Elway

  20. joetoronto says: Feb 12, 2014 12:32 PM

    Based on hiring Manning? LOL!

    Wait till he gets injured or retires and it’s back to the drawing board.

  21. dapollock69 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:33 PM

    Probably got a bag full of apples and some oats too.

  22. theageofquarrel says: Feb 12, 2014 12:36 PM


  23. stealthjunk says: Feb 12, 2014 12:36 PM

    Funny how people only think about Manning when Elway also brought in Rodgers-Cromartie, Shaun Phillips, Louis Vasquez, Terrence Knighton, and Wes Welker as free agents last year and did not miss on any of them. The Broncos had a lot of holes to fill and he filled them with guys that were practically unwanted by their former teams. And more importantly, he had zero busts.

  24. negativten says: Feb 12, 2014 12:37 PM

    will he start before or after he finishes the Kentucky Derby?

  25. arwiv says: Feb 12, 2014 12:37 PM

    Somewhere Bill Polian is thinking “just wait John, you’ll see”.

  26. theageofquarrel says: Feb 12, 2014 12:40 PM

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
    And no one can talk to a horse of course
    That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Elway.

    Go right to the source and ask the horse
    He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
    He’s always on a steady course.
    Talk to Mr. Elway.

    People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
    But Mister Elway will never speak unless he has something to say.

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
    And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
    You never heard of a talking horse?

    Well listen to this.

    I am Mister Elway.

  27. 2manyconcussions says: Feb 12, 2014 12:41 PM

    Whether you like Elway or not, his decision to cut ties with Tebow after he took them to the playoffs and his stock was at its highest was very well played. He couldn’t have gotten more for him than he did. Elway then won the Manning derby, betting a surgery repaired neck/shoulder would heal. While they lost to the Hawks, so did everyone else. Props to Elway for making some difficult personnel moves that have paid off for his organization.

  28. Go-Hawks! says: Feb 12, 2014 12:42 PM

    “Tebow would have beat the Seahawks”??!

    The hell you say.

  29. chargrz says: Feb 12, 2014 12:42 PM

    Still have a hard time giving Elway due respect after what he pulled with Baltimore Colts.

  30. ravenswhat says: Feb 12, 2014 12:42 PM

    John fox is just pitiful. Seriously, what does he do that warrants another contract? Here’s a crazy thought…perhaps a good coach would win the SB with the most prolific offense in NFL history? I know..crazy.

  31. puntonfirstdown says: Feb 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    A nice reward for one of the most embarrassing Super Bowl losses of all time.

  32. azarkhan says: Feb 12, 2014 12:58 PM

    Pat Bowlen should get the credit. After all, he’s the one signing the checks for all those pricey free agents.

  33. JackedUpSports says: Feb 12, 2014 12:58 PM

    they can really only go down from where they were

  34. ranger764 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:02 PM

    Sure are a lot of comedians and haters on here. Elway has done a great job. Manning wouldn’t be here without him. Will it be tough to replace Manning, of course. But that doesn’t mean he can’t. Remember, the Broncos lost a lot of significant players this year that will be back in the line up, so we should be better next year if all go’s well. The horse face jokes are still funny after 30 years (sarcasm). Yeah, we get it, he has big front teeth and 2 Superbowl rings.

  35. jamaltimore says: Feb 12, 2014 1:03 PM

    I hope that his number one draft pick tells him he’s rather play baseball than play for the Broncos and the Mr. Ed look alike!

    Manning is the only QB in Denver that matters and once he’s gone the old overrated QB/GM will quickly go back to selling used cars.

    Terrell Davis won Superbowls for Denver not Elway. He was only able to beat the browns and then get smoked in the bowls!

  36. doubleogator says: Feb 12, 2014 1:03 PM

    Mr Ed….

  37. darkneptune73 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:07 PM

    Looking forward to the day Elway has to find Manning’s replacement.

  38. jbaxt says: Feb 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    Good thing they kept Del Rio… Their defense was awesome…. Bwahahahaha!

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:09 PM

    Peyton Manning has a shown a penchant for slicing and dicing and fattening up his stats in weak divisions. He exposed the AFC South for years before he handpicked the AFC West to continue his statistical assault.
    In no way am I being critical of Manning. A lot of QBs have played weak schedules and have had nothing to show for it. But a superior QB carving up weak competition week after week usually results in disappointing postseasons.
    Think the Manning/Elway combo would be as successful in, say, the NFC West, where defenses rule the roost? Just asking.
    I personally believe the only way Manning will ever be involved in winning another Super Bowl will be when we all least expect it, as a lower seed and with no expectations.

  40. surfinbird1 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:18 PM

    Denver hasn’t won a Super Bowl since cheating on the cap. Somewhere Al Davis is shakin his head sayin “you got that right.”

  41. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 12, 2014 1:21 PM

    He made the deal to bring in arguably the best QB to ever play the game. 2 playoff appearances, one conference championship. If another team lured Manning away, who knows what would have happened in Denver. Elway landed the deal. Well done.

    Extending Del Rio? LOL. Guess everyone misses now and then.

  42. cuda1234 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    At least Elaway can do math:

    Broncos – Tebow = Super Bowl

  43. weepingjebus says: Feb 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    Looking forward to another hilarious season at Fail High Stadium.

  44. raiderufan says: Feb 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    You know, Out side of 2011 his drafts have been quite underwhelming. Ball was OK this year, he got Wolfe and Trevathan last year but not much else. I do think he deserves credit for 2011 (Miller, Moore, Franklin, J. Thomas) though.

    He got Manning but I don’t think he had to do to much for that. If I was an aging QB looking for one last run I think I’d lean towards the team run by a former great QB.

    Welker and Knighton were nice FA grabs that worked out so I’ll give him credit on that.

    It’s obvious he’ll be around longer than Manning so I see reason why not to give him an extension but I just don’t think he’s proven a heck of a lot.

  45. stealthjunk says: Feb 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    Del Rio did a good job in the 2012 season when he had healthy players, leading the Broncos to a Top 10 defense despite relatively low-caliber players. In 2013 he lost 6 key defensive starters to injury — that’s just too much to overcome except for the bunch of you with unrealistic expectations and golf ball-sized brains.

  46. superslugg says: Feb 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    Elway wasn’t pivotal in bringing in Manning. Manning chose the team based on the talent that josh mcdaniels put in place. It was the best scenario for a QB. Actually you could say his references (ex Tom Brady recommended Denver to Manning) before making a decision were more pivotal

  47. blue311 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    The Broncos got smoked in the SB, but are not a bad team. They simply played their worst game of the year at the most inopportune time. Elway put this team together and will continue to make improvements. This Bronco fan is happy about that.

  48. justintuckrule says: Feb 12, 2014 2:38 PM

    You Bronco fans need to get a sense of humor. The celebration with a crisp apple and picket fence comment was awesome.

  49. nflpropickemking says: Feb 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    Welker will be cut.Manning will be next to go.Elway will resign in 3 years.

  50. stevejjones says: Feb 12, 2014 4:25 PM

    Imagine they kept Tebow as a backup this season with Elway starting. Imagine they replay the Superbowl, and this time they yank Elway. Tell me Tebow doesn’t generate more offense with his legs alone over that noodle-armed, duck throwing, cement footed Elway. I guess Elway is rewarded for failure. Another failed season after trading young gun Tebow for someone who could probably get a handicapped parking sticker from every DMV in the country.

  51. stevejjones says: Feb 12, 2014 4:27 PM

    Elway/Manning. Same difference. Both semi-retired football guys. One guy throws ducks downfield, the other throws down shots of wild turkey.

  52. mzew233 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:42 PM

    Cute run and glad you got them to the Superbowl. Its good for them to enjoy it every 10 years.
    Unfortunatley, New England is still in the NFL next year. So it was a good run but Pedestrian people just can’t cut it.

  53. dawg56 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:15 PM

    After the Super Bowl, it was days before I could look at any news and I came to the point that I changed my personal news settings, and took Peyton off, then the Broncos, and when it came to John, I just couldn’t. I became a Broncoid when Craig was there and the Orange Crush were dominant. After some lean years, John Elway came along and changed the way I saw football. As long as he was in a huddle, every man that was in the huddle with him knew that they could win. When he retired Denver football just didn’t show me any real leaders or direction. So when John took over the arena league team, I started to get excited. It was clear to me that he was being groomed for something else. When Elway became V.P. of Operations 3 years ago, it was on!! I am sick that the Broncos didn’t even show up, but none of it can be because John didn’t try. His work ethics and decision making abilities remain at the same, if not higher levels than ever before. I am so fortunate to be a Broncoid during the Elway period. John, you deserve the blessings that you are receiving, and I have no doubt that there is much more for you! GB2!!

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