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

01:45  16 july  2017
01:45  16 july  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Could Stan 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 . Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has not agreed to a contract extension with the franchise and the Los Angeles Rams are interested .

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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John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

"We're working to get it done,'' Broncos CEO and president Joe Ellis told The Gazette. "We've had some productive discussions in the last week or so and will keep talking. John Elway could use Rams ' interest as leverage with Broncos .

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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Los Angeles Rams . Miami Dolphins. Minnesota Vikings. But a press conference by general manager John Elway at the NFL Combine gave reason to pump the brakes on that assumption. The Broncos being interested in Cousins has seemed like common sense from the start.

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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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Broncos GM John Elway speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL combine. To some degree, I suspect Elway 's failure to land a young franchise passer stings, no matter how cute he can get with words. This man, who used to will his team to victories with spectacular efforts and so much poise at

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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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