The Denver Broncos have announced that the team and general manager Brian Xanders have decided to part ways after three years together.
Xanders describes the move as the team doing this in “the best interest of my career aspirations.”
John Elway basically acts as the GM anyway, so this may not come as a surprise.
"“It was tough because I have a great deal of respect for Brian as a football man but also as a person,” Elway said. “Even more so as a person. He was very helpful to me in this first year getting acclimated back to the NFL. I owe him a lot. Just from the conversation we had, we just thought for his career and for the Broncos we felt that now was the best time to go a different way.” – John Elway via the Denver Post"
Xanders didn’t get much of a chance to act as GM under three different head coaches. Mike Shanahan had full control in his days, and somehow Josh McDaniels was able to take the reins away from Xanders while he was head coach.
The Broncos wanted to wait until the draft was over before making the termination, but they have reportedly been considering it for a while.
There are no plans to replace Xanders at this point.
The Broncos have made a lot of changes to the front office, first hiring a new salary cap advisor and then promoting Matt Russell to director of player personnel.
Xanders will have another chance somewhere. His recent drafts have been very successful.