Sport John Elway could use Rams' interest as leverage with Broncos

01:45  16 july  2017
01:45  16 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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John Elway used part of his pre-draft presser to air some frustrations in regards to the Demaryius Thomas is willing to gamble now with the leverage he has rather than giving that leverage up to If that number is too high for Elway and the Broncos , they can play out 2014 under the tag and let

Brother John Elway : Denver Bronco -Hall of Fame Quarterback. One could almost say that the game was in his blood. A grandfather had once played on a team that had opposed the Carlisle Indians and Jim Thorpe.

John Elway has not yet received a new contract from the Broncos.

It’s a deal that is expected to come by the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean the sharks aren’t circling.

One shark, in particular — Rams owner Stan Kroenke — is reportedly interested in poaching the Broncos’ general manager and vice president of football operations.

There have been connections made between Kroenke, whose family owns both the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and the Denver icon. Elway and Kroenke were co-owners — along with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen — of the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush from 2002-08.

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The Denver Broncos will soon be embroiled in a contract negotiation with John Elway , where Elway holds the cards based on his success and legacy with the team.

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Could Kroenke lure Elway, who has called Denver home since 1983, to Los Angeles? The short answer is no.

What is more likely is Elway will use the Rams’ interest as leverage to get top-dollar from the Broncos.

Elway spent his entire playing career with the Broncos following a post-draft trade from the Baltimore Colts. He led Denver to five Super Bowl appearances, including consecutive championships in 1997 and 1998. He retired after earning Super Bowl MVP honors for Super Bowl XXXIII and was hired as the Broncos’ VP of football operations in 2011. He assumed general manager duties a year later and immediately signed former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Since Elway took over football operations and player personnel, the Broncos have won five AFC West titles, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl. The Broncos missed the playoffs in the five years prior.

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They even used the multi-talented athlete’s baseball career — he was drafted and played a season for the New York Yankees minor leagues — as leverage in negotiations. Would be interested in John Elway if he can trade Joe Montana.”

The Broncos used the home field advantage, and a three-game defensive run for the ages all the way to a Super Bowl title. John Elway simply wasn’t going to lose Joe Woods, 46, as he was generating interest from other teams.

That’s the kind of turnaround a team like the Rams would love to have, but it’s not going to happen — at least not with Elway, who has repeatedly said he is not leaving Denver and expects to get a new contract.

“This will always be my home,” Elway told the Denver Post last August. “(I’m) not going anywhere. As a kid, I moved around quite a bit. But, Colorado and Denver will always be my home.”

So why hasn’t a new deal been worked out yet? That’s not a simple answer and complicated by the declining health of team owner Pat Bowlen, who at 73 is battling early onset Alzheimer's disease. Elway would like partial ownership of the team and could one day become the majority owner.

Elway could already have a share of the team, but declined a 10-percent minority share offer in 1998 for a deferred payment of $15 million. That stake would be worth about $480 million today as the team’s value has skyrocketed over the last 20 years.

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The Broncos scored three times, and with 2:28 to play, the Rams were hanging onto a six-point lead. "They ought to present T-shirts to every team that can say, 'I survived the John Elway two-minute drill.'

He downplays his fame within the organization but isn't afraid to leverage it externally. An NFL GM who grew up as an Elway fan had a deal with the Broncos scuttled by his team's executives because Now Jack could see in John 's eyes that the game wasn't as fun as it used to be. It's time, he said.

Stan Kroenke, left, and John Elway in 2005 © (Getty Images) Stan Kroenke, left, and John Elway in 2005

“There were circumstances there that didn’t make it work out,” Elway told the Post. “It wasn’t because I didn’t want it to. It’s just that there were some circumstances there that I can’t go into that caused it not to work out, which I was obviously very disappointed with.”

With Bowlen no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the Broncos, team president Joe Ellis is handling negotiations and is “optimistic” they’ll get something done with Elway.

It’s hard to imagine any circumstances that would prevent Elway and the Broncos from coming to an agreement on a new deal in the near future. And harder still to imagine a scenario where Elway leaves Denver for Los Angeles, or any other city.

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