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Peyton Manning and John Elway involved in rival bids for Broncos?

Peyton Manning

The long-rumored scenario of two Denver Broncos Super Bowl winners bidding against each other for control of the team could be coming to fruition.

A new report Tuesday suggested that the sale of the Broncos could proceed in the near future and would attract widespread interest. Woody Paige of the Denver Gazette cited sources telling him six candidates would be involved, with John Elway and Peyton Manning both taking part in the process within rival groups.

The interest is no surprise on the part of either quarterback. Just prior to the holidays, a report surfaced suggesting Manning was very interested in an ownership role and was speaking to multiple potential bidders. Elway, who currently serves as team president, has also been preparing for this scenario.

While the Elway and Manning names will carry heavy weight, they are unlikely to be a decisive factor. We don’t know what the ownership groups will look like, who else will be involved, or who will bid most aggressively for the franchise. The two former quarterbacks rivaling each other for a stake in the franchise would be a fascinating scenario, though.

Report: John Elway interested in joining potential Broncos ownership group

John Elway

As speculation grows about the possible sale of the Denver Broncos, there are some very intriguing rumors about parties that may be interested in buying the team.

According to Mike Klis of 9News, former Broncos quarterback and current team president John Elway has interest in joining a potential ownership group to buy the team if it is sold. Elway is said to be making “necessary preparations” in the event that the opportunity opens up.

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis has said no determination will be made on the team’s ownership until after the season. The franchise is currently held in trust under the name of Pat Bowlen, who died in 2019.

Elway’s interest could set up an incredibly fascinating situation. There are reports that he’s not the only high-profile name interested, which could lead to an interesting showdown.

Elway would need to enlist outside help to be able to afford the team, which Forbes values at $3.75 billion.

John Elway says he hung up on league office over quarterback situation

John Elway

Few teams got stuck by the NFL’s COVID-19 rules worse last season than the Denver Broncos.

You may recall that in Week 12 last season, the Broncos had to start practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback in a disastrous situation.

One of the team’s backups, Jeff Driskel, tested positive for COVID-19 a day after spending time at the practice facility with the team’s other quarterbacks. The NFL ruled quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles ineligible for the team’s game because they were deemed close contacts of Driskel.

Rather than push the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints back a few days until the other quarterbacks were cleared, the NFL forced Denver to play that Sunday as originally scheduled.

John Elway, who was the Broncos’ general manager at the time, says he hung up on the league office out of frustration over the situation.

“I got a little mad about that,” Elway recalled to NFL.com’s Mike Silver. “Well, I hung up on the league office. I said, ‘Dawn, I’m sorry: I’ve had enough of this, and I’m hanging up.’ At least I did it respectfully.”

Elway also shared that Saints GM Mickey Loomis was willing to delay the game by a few days. That didn’t matter to the NFL, which made the Broncos play. Elway felt like the league unfairly made an example out of Denver.

Compare what happened with the Broncos to what happened in the Ravens-Steelers game last year, and it’s hard not to feel like Denver got screwed.

H/T MileHigh Huddle

Is this evidence of John Elway, Broncos tampering with Aaron Rodgers?

John Elway

The Denver Broncos have been viewed as one of the most likely suitors for Aaron Rodgers should the Green Bay Packers decide to trade the star quarterback. John Elway would probably love to make that a reality, and it sounds like he and Rodgers have hung out at least one time in a very friendly setting this offseason.

Elway, the president of football operations for the Broncos, reportedly played golf with Rodgers in California recently. CBS 4 in Denver’s Romi Bean said on the DNVR Denver Broncos podcast this week that she confirmed with two sources that Elway and Rodgers spent time together both on and off the course.

“I know for a fact they were playing golf together in California,” Bean said, as transcribed by Egotastic Sports. “I know that has happened even though that’s tampering or whatever, but how else does John Elway woo guys but on the golf course.

“I actually have this story corroborated on two different sides which is pretty wild. One is from someone in the golf world who booked the rounds, which is verified. And the other end by chance I had a friend whose friends were playing at this club that weekend and John and Aaron came up and played poker with them, so corroborated on two sides and no one is talking about that.”

You think they talked football at all?

The Packers have reportedly been upset with other teams for tampering with Rodgers. It would be hard for the Broncos to argue that they’re not guilty of that if the golf and poker stories are true.

The Broncos passed on drafting a quarterback in the first round, and that may have been because of the Rodgers situation. We actually heard a positive report this week on where things stand between Rodgers and the Packers, but Elway is going to make sure Denver remains a part of the equation for as long as necessary.

John Elway sends nice note after Peyton Manning elected to Hall of Fame

John Elway

Peyton Manning headlines the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, which was revealed on Saturday. He received a really nice note from John Elway upon receiving the good news.

Elway congratulated Manning and thanked him for what he did for the Broncos.

Elway was the general manager who recruited Manning to Denver when Peyton was returning from neck surgeries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Manning played the final four seasons of his career with the Broncos. He led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2013 and was an All-Pro in his first two seasons with the team. Then in his final season, the team won the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have won three Super Bowls in franchise history. Elway won two and Manning won the other. It’s nice to see Elway show that great respect to his Canton peer.

John Elway announcement could be bad news for Drew Lock

Drew Lock

John Elway’s announcement on Monday could be bad news for Drew Lock.

Elway announced that he was giving up his duties as the general manager for the Denver Broncos. He will still be involved in the team’s front office, but the GM will be the decision-maker.

So why is that bad for Lock?

As 9News’ Mike Klis pointed out, nobody with the Broncos had more faith in Lock than Elway.

As long as Elway was there, Lock would have every opportunity to prove himself. Without that Elway protection, Lock’s future is in question. The new GM wouldn’t have the same ties to Lock and could easily part ways with him.

Lock would have to take a major step forward next season to convince a team he might be a franchise QB. The 24-year-old passed for 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

John Elway weighs in on Peyton Manning as Broncos GM candidate

Peyton Manning

There has always been chatter about Peyton Manning wanting to run an NFL organization. With one of his former teams now seeking a general manager, is this the time for him to take the plunge?

The Denver Broncos are seeking a GM after John Elway announced he was giving up the responsibility. Elway was asked about Manning as a possible replacement, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a realistic possibility.

“Put it this way, Peyton has not called,” Elway told Mike Klis of 9News. “A lot of people have called but Peyton has not called.”

If Manning wanted in, this would probably be a great job to take. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos. Plus, Elway would be around as both an experienced sounding board and as someone who went from playing quarterback to running a franchise.

Ultimately, Manning has never really jumped at these opportunities. He’s at least left the door open to doing it, but has never come close. He’s been similarly reluctant to go into broadcasting, though he has come closer on that front.

For now, Manning seems content to pick and choose his involvement with NFL teams. That may never change, but we just don’t know, because the iconic quarterback has always been pretty quiet about his ultimate post-playing ambitions.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via CC-BY-SA 3.0

John Elway gives up duties as Broncos GM

John Elway

The Denver Broncos are making a major change in the structure of their organization.

Team president John Elway announced Monday that he is giving up his duties as general manager. The team will hire a full-time general manager to work with coach Vic Fangio, and that GM will have the final say on personnel decisions.

“Working in this role for the last 10 years and going back to my playing days, I’ve always tried to do everything I can to help the Broncos win and get better,” Elway said in a statement. “As part of a transition I’ve thought about for a long time, I have made the decision to step up into an elevated role and hire a general manager to lead our personnel and football staff.

“While I’ll continue to be President of Football Operations in 2021, the GM will have final say on the draft, free agency and our roster. This person will be empowered to make all football decisions, working in partnership with Vic.”

Elway added that Fangio will have a say in deciding who the GM will be.

This is a major shift for the Broncos. Elway has been in charge of personnel decisions since 2011, and he was the key figure in the construction of the team’s Super Bowl winning team in 2016. However, fortunes have changed in recent seasons, with the team struggling in particular to find a long-term answer at quarterback.

This immediately becomes an attractive job, as the Broncos still have some talent but need to address some key areas. Denver joins the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans in a GM hiring process that is already well underway for those other teams.

John Elway thinks NFL Draft should be postponed to help teams

John Elway

There are a number of teams who would prefer to see the NFL Draft postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is willing to say so publicly.

Elway thinks the draft, scheduled for April 23-25, should be postponed to benefit teams and give them more time to scout players, though the Broncos are ready to proceed as things stand.

“Really, we feel pretty good about where we are,” Elway told Aric DiLalla of the team’s official website. “We’d rather have it backed up so we can get all our scouts and everybody in, but if it’s limited and we can stay there and they’re not going to move the draft, we’re in good shape. I think that one of the reasons why, with I think the coaches not going to the Combine and them spending the whole week here just on the college side, it’s put us way ahead there because we’ve got the coaches’ rankings already. The scouts are already working on next year a little bit to the 2021 summer manual, so we feel like we’re in pretty good shape. If it moves back, great, we’re ready for that. If it doesn’t move, then we’ll be ready for that too.”

As of now, it’s full speed ahead for the NFL, and they’re aggressively planning a virtual draft to take place as scheduled. That comes despite objections from multiple teams, largely for the same reasons Elway is voicing. Teams can’t visit prospects right now due to travel restrictions, and they’re relying on the work they’ve already done. Most are probably operating the way he is — ready for it to go ahead as scheduled, but hopeful that it doesn’t.

Paxton Lynch says John Elway didn’t give him a fair chance in Denver

Paxton Lynch

The Denver Broncos made Paxton Lynch a first-round pick in 2016. They proceeded to give him four starts in two years before releasing him, and he hasn’t played since.

Lynch, now a backup for the Pittsburgh Steelers, made it quite clear Thursday that he believes Broncos president John Elway did not give him a fair shake to prove himself in Denver.

“I’m sure it was [Elway’s] decision at the end of the day,” Lynch said, via Ed Bouchette of The Athletic. “He told me he didn’t think it was really fair the way the media treated me there. I was like, ‘Yeah, you really haven’t given me an opportunity to show them otherwise.'”

It’s a pretty obvious dig at Elway for not backing him or giving him the opportunity to prove himself more. In terms of regular season play, that may be true — Lynch threw four touchdowns and four interceptions in his four starts, winning just one of them, but it’s hard to make a determination based on that. However, Lynch was terrible during the 2018 preseason and didn’t give Denver any reason to believe he was progressing as a quarterback. That’s what led to his release, and the fact that he hasn’t gotten another chance to play since leaving Denver indicates that Elway’s assessment may have been correct.

It’s hard to blame Lynch, though. Add in the fact that he’s an emotional guy and it’s understandable that his career trajectory leaves him feeling upset.