John Elway stepping down as Broncos’ GM, will stay with the team

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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 15: General manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos John Elway stands on the sideline before a game between the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears at Empower Field at Mile High on September 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

DENVER (KDVR) — After ten years and nearly 100 wins, including a Super Bowl, John Elway will transition out of the role of general manager.

The announcement on Twitter Tuesday says Elway will remain as president of football operations in 2021 and hire a general manager with full authority to oversee the personnel and football departments. The general manager will join head coach Vic Fangio in reporting to Elway as part of a new football leadership structure.

“While I’ll continue to be President of Football Operations in 2021,” said Elway in a statement. “The GM will have final say on the draft, free agency and our roster. This person will be empowered to make all football decisions, working in partnership with Vic [Fangio].”

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Among current general managers, Elway’s .565 winning percentage (96-74) ranks fourth in the NFL, however, his last five teams have missed the playoffs with a collective record of 31-48.  In addition, Vice President of player personnel Matt Russell has announced his retirement. Elway says that the search for a new GM will start immediately.

“The relationship between the GM and Head Coach is very important—Vic is going to be involved in this hiring process. We’ll cast a wide net, and I will start the search immediately with input from Vic and Joe [Ellis],” Elway said. “I’m excited to begin this chapter and find the next general manager of the Denver Broncos.”

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