New po­si­tion.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

El­way pro­moted to Bron­cos’ pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions/ gen­eral man­ager.

Five more years, more money and a new ti­tle.

In ad­di­tion to sign­ing John El­way to a five-year con­tract this week, the Bron­cos also pro­moted him to pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions/gen­eral man­ager, a bump up from ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions/GM.

El­way re­tains full au­ton­omy over the team’s foot­ball de­ci­sions. But his new ti­tle, Bron­cos pres­i­dent/CEO Joe El­lis said Wed­nes­day, bet­ter re­flects his value to the team.

“We’re foot­ball first here at the Bron­cos and ob­vi­ously John is our leader of the team,” El­lis said. “I think he is def­i­nitely de­serv­ing of this ti­tle el­e­va­tion. It’s re­ally a recog­ni­tion that he de­serves for all that he does and all that he has done for this team over the years since he ar­rived here in 1984.”

The Bron­cos signed El­way to a con­tract Mon­day that runs through 2021 and, al­though terms haven’t been re­leased, it was ex­pected to make him the league’s high­est-paid gen­eral man­ager. The Bron­cos had been in talks with El­way as early as last sea­son, how­ever, and had even hoped to se­cure him to a long-term deal then. But with the coach­ing over­haul, and then free agency and the draft, El­way felt lit­tle ur­gency to sign, es­pe­cially when his pre­vi­ous deal ran through March 2018.

“It’s some­thing I was never wor­ried about,” he said. “I know ev­ery­one else was a lot more wor­ried about it than I was. I knew at some point in time that it was go­ing to get done. To have the op­por­tu­nity to do what I do be­cause I love what I’m do­ing, I thank Joe and (team coun­sel) Rich Slivka, the Bron­cos and Pat (Bowlen) for the op­por­tu­nity be­cause I don’t know if there’s a bet­ter po­si­tion in the league be­cause of the re­sources that we’re given. I’m re­ally ex­cited about it and glad to be here for an­other five years.”

El­lis said it was im­por­tant to the team to get it done be­fore the start of the sea­son to shift fo­cus back to foot­ball. But he, too, wasn’t wor­ried about it even­tu­ally get­ting com­pleted.

“Not re­ally,” El­lis said. “John is so syn­ony­mous with this town, this city, this re­gion and this team. I be­lieved every­thing he said in my con­ver­sa­tions with him and what he said pub­licly at var­i­ous events, that he wanted to stay here and re­main a Bronco.”

Andy Cross, The Den­ver Post

John El­way said he was never con­cerned that a deal wouldn’t get done to keep him in­volved with the team.

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