Broncos to hire GM as Elway takes elevated role

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After a decade of being the Denver Broncos‘ chief football decision-maker, John Elway and the team have decided it is time for a fresh set of eyes to make the calls on the Broncos’ roster.

As the Broncos’ playoff drought has grown to five seasons after this year’s 5-11 finish, Elway said Monday that he will remain in place as team president, but the Broncos will hire a general manager to “to make all football decisions, working in partnership with [coach] Vic [Fangio].”

The new GM will control the draft, free agency and the roster, according to Elway.

“I knew there was going to be a time at some point in time, this was a position I would, hopefully, move to,” Elway said. “It gave me the opportunity to move up and I think it’s the right time for me.”

Elway has already promised that the team will cast a “wide net” to find the best candidate, with former Broncos scouts or pro personnel evaluators like San Francisco 49ers senior football vice president Adam Peters, Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly and Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel John

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