User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Elway gets extension with Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway led Denver to the Super Bowl faster as a front office executive than he did as a quarterback.

Advertisement
On Wednesday, the Broncos extended his contract, which was set to expire after this year, through 2017 and added general manager to his title of executive vice president.

Team President Joe Ellis lauded the work Elway has done so far, saying he's ''demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship caliber team and positioning it for sustained success.''

Elway, who will speak publicly on Friday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, said in a statement that he was grateful for the opportunity and ''we remain relentlessly committed to delivering a world championship'' to Denver.

The Broncos are coming off their first AFC title in 15 years but they were blown out 43-8 by Seattle in the Super Bowl, a result that was eerily similar to the first three of Elway's five Super Bowls before he capped his Hall of Fame playing career with back-to-back titles in 1998 and `99.

Asked at his end-of-season news conference last week how long it took him to get over those losses, Elway said, ''I'm not over them yet. I just added this one to it.''

The Broncos have gone 37-17 since Elway rejoined the team on Jan. 5, 2011, when owner Pat Bowlen brought him back to rescue a franchise reeling from a nosedive under Josh McDaniels that bottomed out with a 4-12 season, Denver's worst in four decades.

Elway's first order of business was hiring coach John Fox, who has led Denver to three straight AFC West titles and is expected to sign his own long-term extension soon.

Next on Elway's to-do list was changing the losing culture that had enveloped his beloved Broncos while he was away honing his managerial skills by running restaurants, car dealerships and an indoor football league franchise.

That began with a roster makeover.

''I think No. 1, we had to clean up the locker room. We had to get to get the locker room right,'' Elway said last month. ''... that is really the life bread of what the organization is all about. How that locker room fits is the most important thing.''

Although it's early to render a verdict on his draft acumen, Elway has unquestionably hit the jackpot in free agency, first by luring Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012 and then last year by signing Wes Welker and Louis Vasquez, who in 2013 became the NFL's only free agent signee to earn All-Pro first-team honors.

Other free agents - notably Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Terrance Knighton and Shaun Phillips - helped Denver's defense weather an injury epidemic in which six starters missed significant playing time.

''It's been my goal to really continue what Pat Bowlen created in the fact that people want to play here,'' Elway said last month. ''So players will come here late in their career when they know they have a chance to win a world championship.''

Manning has thrown for 100 touchdowns and 11,336 yards in his two seasons in Denver and this season won his fifth MVP award. He is planning to play in 2014 and perhaps another year after that.

Elway has said he doesn't want to just win now, but from ''now on,'' and how backup quarterback Brock Osweiler performs whenever Manning retires will go a long way in determining whether Elway's long-term vision will pan out as well as his short-term fixes have.

The Broncos ended a six-year playoff drought in 2011 when they went 8-8 with Tim Tebow at quarterback, beating Pittsburgh in the playoffs before losing to New England.

Elway lured Manning to Denver that spring and traded away Tebow the next day.

''Tim Tebow was so popular, John Elway is the only one who could have pulled that off,'' wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said.

The Broncos went 13-3 in 2012 but a crushing loss to Baltimore in the playoffs left a scar that drove them to another 13-3 season last year. This time, they beat San Diego and New England in the playoffs to reach their first Super Bowl since Elway was leading them from the huddle.

Elway has made more than 600 transactions since rejoining the Broncos, and he acknowledged some difficult decisions await as he shapes the roster for 2014.

Although the Broncos came up way short in the Super Bowl, Elway promised to navigate this offseason with the notion that this loss will drive Denver to do something no team has done since Buffalo in 1993 - reach the Super Bowl the year after losing it.

''The bottom line is we're going to work as hard as we worked this year, if not harder, and continue to do that with the mindset that we want to be world champions,'' Elway said, ''and we're going to do everything we can to get there.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Lawrence: Week 3 Preseason Trends
Mejia: Dinero Talks: Preseason Week 3
Sportsbook: NFC South Win Totals
Sportsbook: NFC North Win Totals
Nelson: Close Calls - Preseason Week 2
Lawrence: NFC Betting Preview
Lawrence: AFC Betting Preview
Sportsbook: AFC West Win Totals
Sportsbook: NFC East Win Totals
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
3-1 G-Plays, 4-1 +315 L5 Picks
2-0 G-Plays, 5-2 Picks TY
9-4 NFL Totals TY
4-1 Last 5 NFL Selections
10-6 Last 16 Plays
2-0 Totals, 3-0 Guarantees TY
4-1 Picks This Year
6-2 L8 Over/Under Plays
3-0 Record L3 Selections
4-2 Last 6 Guarantees
4-1 Last 5 NFL Picks
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 339
Marc Lawrence + 305
Joe Nelson + 290
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 300
Kevin Rogers + 290
Don Anthony + 288
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Jimmy Boyd 100 %
Joe Nelson 80 %
Marc Lawrence 71 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Pritchard + 300
Don Anthony + 205
Joe Nelson + 190
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 467
Stephen Nover + 200
Scott Pritchard + 200
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 379
Kevin Rogers + 290
Doc's Sports + 200
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership