Xanders out as Broncos general manager

Both sides claim departure was 'mutual.' Terry McCormick

Print This May 07, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

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Brian Xanders is out as the general manager of the Denver Broncos after three seasons in the job and four years in the organization, according 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 said. "I appreciated everything that Pat Bowlen has done for the Broncos and for bringing me here in 2008. It was great working with Coach John Fox. I'm telling you, he's a great coach to work with. And it was great working with John Elway."

Elway said he had plenty of respect for Xanders.

"It was tough because I have a great deal of respect for Brian as a football man but also as a person," front-office boss John Elway said Monday afternoon. "Even more so as a person. He was very helpful to me in this first year getting acclimated back to the NFL. I owe him a lot. Just from the conversation we had, we just thought for his career and for the Broncos we felt that now was the best time to go a different way."

Elway said Xanders would like to have a GM position with more say in matters, something that Elway has final say over in Denver.

"No question, I think everybody would like to have that position with that type of control, especially a general manager," Elway said. "That was something we discussed. Hopefully, someday Brian will be in that position where he is making all the decisions in the end. That is a desire of his. He knows a lot of people in this league and is well-respected in the league."

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