Denver Broncos legend John Elway is no longer employed by the franchise as his consulting contract has ended and will not be renewed.
Elway confirmed his departure to 9News in Denver Tuesday, saying the team’s new ownership puts the Broncos “in good hands.” His contract as a consultant expired on the first day of the 2023 NFL league year, March 15.
Elway, 62, said the decision was made after a meeting with new co-owner Greg Penner, who has called Elway the “ultimate Bronco.”
From 2011 to 2021, Elway led the Broncos’ front office as general manager and executive vice president of football operations. The Broncos hired George Paton as general manager in 2021, and Elway moved into a consulting role.
“I’ve enjoyed the relationship with the Broncos for a long, long time,” Elway told 9News. “I told Greg I’d be happy to be a resource to him and help him in any way I can. I just wanted the flexibility. They’re in good hands. I still plan to be around to watch and be a resource to Greg or George if I can.” .
The move closes a historic chapter for Elway and the Broncos. He won three Super Bowls during his 28 years with the franchise, two titles as quarterback and one as general manager, and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I’ve been with the Denver Broncos for so long that it was nice to have some kind of connection, which is what I wanted,” Elway told 9News of his consulting position. “I didn’t want an obligation. I’m getting a little older, I want to be able to do some things I haven’t done. I’m ready to have a flexible schedule.”
Reuters contributed to this report.