ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have signed Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season, President Joe Ellis announced Wednesday.
In addition, the club has added “General Manager” to Elway’s title.
“Our organization is extremely pleased with the work John Elway has done in his three years since rejoining the Broncos,” Ellis said. “He has demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship-caliber team and positioning it for sustained success.
“We are very confident in the direction of the Broncos with John Elway leading our football operations.”
With Elway as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Denver has posted the third-most overall wins (37 / 37-11, .685) in the NFL since 2011. The Broncos have won three consecutive AFC West titles for the first time in club history and are 1-of-3 teams in the league to win their division in each of the last three seasons.
“I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given with the Broncos,” Elway said. “Our goal is to continue building on the culture of winning established by Pat Bowlen, and we remain relentlessly committed to delivering a World Championship to our fans.”
The Broncos in 2013 earned their second consecutive 13-win season and conference No. 1 seed, becoming only the third team in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Denver advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII—the club’s first Super Bowl appearance in 15 years—with Elway acquiring/re-signing 58 of the 64 players (90.6%) on its active/reserve roster.
After inheriting a team that finished 4-12 in 2010, Elway hired John Fox as the 14th head coach in Broncos history. The Broncos posted a four-win improvement and won their division in consecutive seasons from 2011-12 with Elway becoming the first executive in the Super Bowl era to accomplish that feat in each of his first two years.
In March of 2012, Elway signed free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning, who leads the NFL in overall passing touchdowns (100), passing yards (11,336) and passer rating (108.6) in his two seasons as a Bronco. Manning has earned consecutive first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, including the 2013 campaign in which he won his fifth MVP award.
Hired by the Broncos as Executive Vice President of Football Operations on Jan. 5, 2011, Elway has made more than 600 transactions in building Denver’s roster through the NFL Draft, free agency, trades and waiver claims. He is responsible for acquiring seven players who earned Pro Bowl recognition, including guard Louis Vasquez, who in 2013 became the NFL’s only free-agent signee to earn first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press.
Following the 2012 season, Elway was recognized by coaches/executives around the NFL when he finished as runner-up for The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year.