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GM Brian Xanders Fired by Broncos

The Broncos have axed general manager Brian Xanders, this coming after a Monday morning meeting with boss John Elway.

“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.”

The 41-year-old Xanders was with the Falcons in a number of roles before be came to the Broncos as the assistant general manager by then-coach-football operations boss Mike Shanahan after the 2008 NFL Draft.

He was promoted to GM by Josh McDaniels, a position he held until Monday. Xanders has one year left on his contract.

“John and I had a lengthy conversation today and we mutually decided to part ways for the best interest of my career aspirations,”’’ Xanders said.

“I appreciated everything that Pat Bowlen has done for the Broncos and for bringing me here in 2008. It was great working coach John Fox. I’m telling you, he’s a great coach to work with. And it was great working with John Elway.”

The general manager position had long been Xanders’ dream position but his first big gig never came with the final-say authority on roster personnel. Shanahan had final say in 2008, McDaniels had the power in 2009-10 and then Elway was hired to take control of the front office in 2011-12.

“No question, I think everybody would like to have that position with that type of control, especially a general manager,” Elway said. “

“That was something we discussed. Hopefully, someday Brian will be in that position where he is making all the decisions in the end. That is a desire of his. He knows a lot of people in this league and is well-respect in the league.”

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