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