The Broncos parted ways with GM Brian Xanders on Monday.
"John (Elway) and I had a lengthy conversation today and we mutually decided to part ways for the best interest of my career aspirations,” Xanders said, according to The Denver Post.
Xanders spent 14 years with the Falcons before joining the Broncos as an assistant general manager following the 2008 draft. Josh McDaniels promoted Xanders to GM the next year. He had one year left on his contract.
"Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit and recognition for the contributions he made to the Broncos during his four years with the organization," Elway said 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.
"Brian and I had a very productive conversation earlier today. 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."
The Broncos hired Elway at the end of the 2010 season to be the executive vice president of football operations.