A Broncos GM's to-do list for John Elway's replacement

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos put a lackluster bow Sunday on a numbingly disappointing and often maddening 5-11 season. It followed seasons of 7-9, 6-10, 5-11 and 9-7 since a Super Bowl 50 win that grows exponentially smaller in the rearview mirror with each passing year.

In the wake of all that on-field disappointment, John Elway, who has called the football shots for the team since 2011, stepped away from his role Monday. Citing a mix of being 60, having grandchildren, seeing more people in more places and, yes, the inability of the Broncos to snap their now five-year playoff drought, Elway moved aside. He will remain team president, and now he and the Broncos must search for a new general manager to replace him.

The new GM will get the keys to what has long been a landmark franchise in the NFL, and the first decisions will be some of the biggest a newly minted general manager will have to make in 2021.

A to-do list that will include:

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