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Broncos GM Xanders wants to stay with team in larger role

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

Broncos GM Brian Xanders had limited power with former head coach Josh McDaniels at the helm and is hopeful to be given a larger role with the organization next season, the way we hear it. In an exclusive interview, Xanders told PFW correspondent Lee Rasizer that he was respectful of the way the organization's decision-making structure was set up but that he had no final say in personnel matters leading up to McDaniel's firing. With Xanders having little power, it's tough to judge the GM on any roster decisions that ended up being mistakes. Chief operating officer Joe Ellis spoke highly of Xanders at a press conference following the departure of McDaniels, and we hear the current GM has formed good relationships throughout the organization since joining it in May 2008. If Xanders were to be retained, he said there would likely be a major investment on the defensive side of the ball. Xanders added that if the Broncos can build through the draft and free agency, the team would have enough pieces that a huge rebuilding project would not be necessary.

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