Xanders out as Denver Broncos’ GM

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Brian Xanders

Brian Xanders

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos have parted ways with General Manager Brian Xanders, the team announced Monday.

Xanders, 41, was hired in 2008 after the departure of head coach Mike Shanahan. At the time, he was assistant general manager until he was promoted by then-head coach Josh McDaniels.

“Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit and recognition for the contributions he made to the Broncos during his four years with the organization,” said Broncos Vice President John Elway in a statement. “His hard work and dedication played a major role in the recent success of our team, most notably last season’s division title and playoff win.

Although it was an extremely difficult decision, it became clear that it was best for both the Broncos and Brian to part ways. I believe a change to the structure of our football operations will be mutually beneficial, allowing the department to improve its efficiency while affording Brian the opportunity to continue his promising career with another NFL team.”

There was no immediate announcement on whether the Broncos intended to hire another General Manager.

Xanders offered his side of the story to the Denver Post.

“John and I had a lengthy conversation today and we mutually decided to part ways for the best interest of my career aspirations,”’’ Xanders told the Post.