John Alway is stepping down as general manager of the Denver Broncos, but in 2021 he will take over as chairman of the football operation.
“Working in this role for the past 10 years and going back to my playing days, I have tried everything I can to help the Broncos win and get better,” Elway said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “As part of the transition I have long thought, I have decided to move into a higher role and have appointed a general manager to lead our staff and football staff.”
“The general manager will have a final statement about the draft, the free agency and our roster,” Elway said. This person (coach) will be given the power to make all football decisions, working in partnership with Vic (Fangio). ”
Alvan’s longtime No. 2 Matt Russell will not be in the Broncos front office fee. Russell declined the opportunity to be interviewed or stay with the organization.
The Broncos finished their season 5-11 and lost the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.
Elve, who has one year left on his contract, said he would “support our GM and Vic, provide my perspective, help make big decisions and become a sounding board when needed. How GM’s day-to-day responsibilities and job have grown.” With all that, this design will set us up for success and allow me to focus on the bigger picture. ”
Elve added: “This is a great place with all the resources to win.”
Elway said he would “immediately start the search with the input of Vic and (President / CEO) Joe (Alice).”
In a statement, Ellis said: “John Alway is the most important and influential person in the history of the Denver Broncos. I have nothing but gratitude to him for how he accepted this challenge 10 years ago and helped us do great things as an organization. In recent weeks, she and I have had many positive and honest conversations about improving the team and its own future. John reached this decision, and I fully support him and this new constitution. With all his experience and competitive fire, I know that John will be a tremendous tool for the Broncos in this role. ”
This story will be updated.