Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway before the Broncos game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Extend John Elway's Contract, Formally Give Him GM Title


The Denver Broncos made perhaps their most important move of the off season Wednesday when they extended John Elway’s contract.

The team gave Elway a three-year contract extension and added “General Manager” to his title. This means that his contract runs through the 2017 season.

Elway took the reins after Josh McDaniels guided the team to a 4-12 record. Since then, the Broncos have won three straight AFC West titles, they’ve gone 34-14, and they’ve gone to their first Super Bowl in 15 years.

“Our organization is extremely pleased with the work John Elway has done in his three years since rejoining the Broncos,” team President Joe Ellis said. “He has demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship-caliber team and positioning it for sustained success.”

Elway already acted as the GM of the team, having the final say on roster moves, so the title is simply that — just formality.

Since the season has ended, Elway has been busy scouting draft prospects and weighing potential free agents.

Per Mike Klis of the Denver Post,

The Broncos are the only team to sign an All Pro player from free agency in each of the past two years — Manning in 2012 and right guard Louis Vasquez in 2013.

Just like on the field, stability and good decision making are everything. That’s what the Broncos have in Elway, and it’s obviously transferred down.

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