GM El­way agrees to deal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — One lead­er­ship saga down, an­other one con­tin­ues for the Den­ver Bron­cos.

John El­way agreed to a new five-year con­tract on Mon­day, end­ing a long-run­ning story line that had fans won­der­ing if their Hall of Fame QB-turned-GM might leave the fran­chise he’s led to three Su­per Bowl ti­tles.

El­way had in­sisted ever since the club ap­proached him last Oc­to­ber about a new deal that he wasn’t go­ing any­where.

El­way was set to en­ter the fi­nal year of his con­tract as gen­eral man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions. The sides tore up the fi­nal year of his old con­tract and added four more sea­sons, through 2021.

In his 22 sea­sons with the fran­chise, in­clud­ing 16 as a player, the Bron­cos have fewer los­ing sea­sons (two) than Lom­bardi Tro­phies (three).

Dur­ing his six sea­sons as an ex­ec­u­tive, El­way is the only GM in the league who has ac­quired fu­ture Pro Bowl play­ers through the draft, street free agency, un­re­stricted free agency and col­lege free agency.

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