Following a disastrous 2022 season that saw the Denver Broncos miss the playoffs entirely after being projected as a potential Super Bowl contender, John Elway’s time with the team is no more as the team quietly declined to renew his contract.
Elway, a Hall of Famer quarterback, spent his entire playing career with the Broncos from 1983 to 1998 and won two Super Bowls as the team’s starter.
Following his retirement, Elway began serving as the team’s General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations from 2011 to 2020. During that time, Elway’s Broncos won a Super Bowl in 2015. After 2021, Elway served as President of Football Operations before serving as a Consultant last season.
Since 2015, however, the franchise has struggled, as they haven’t made the playoffs since that year and have finished last in their division four of the seven seasons since their title.
“Elway’s consulting deal with the Broncos finished at the conclusion of the league year last month and the club will not be renewing it,” reported NFL Network’s James Palmer on Tuesday.
The 2022 season was a recent low point for the franchise, as the high-profile acquisition of Russell Wilson immensely backfired, as the team not only missed the playoffs, but Wilson’s play regressed to shocking levels, and first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired.
On Tuesday, however, the 62-year-old Elway says he will still be a “resource” for the organization if they need him:
“I’ve enjoyed the relationship with the Broncos for a long, long time,” Elway, 62, said in an interview Tuesday with 9NEWS.
“I told Greg I’d be happy to be a resource for him and help in any way that I can. I just wanted the flexibility. They’re in great hands. I still plan on being around to watch and be a resource for [CEO] Greg [Penner] or [general manager] George [Paton] if I can.”
Following the firing of Hackett, the Broncos were able to acquire Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton from the New Orleans Saints to lead the franchise for the foreseeable future.
At this time, all signs point to Payton giving Wilson another shot to establish himself as the team’s leader, although it’s hard to imagine he’ll be given a chance beyond this season if his poor play continues.
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