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By Eli Kaberon

Teams rarely get rid of their general managers just days after the NFL draft, but that is exactly what the Broncos did on May 7 when the team announced it was parting ways with Brian Xanders.

We hear the move was a long time coming in the team’s front office. Xanders played a minimal role in free agency, especially the recruitment and signing of QB Peyton Manning, with executive VP of football operations John Elway taking the lead. Elway also took an expanded role in the Broncos’ draft this season, doing more scouting and having the final say in which players the team selected. That left Xanders in no-man's-land, as a general manager without much to manage.

Moving forward, the team will not fill Xanders’ position in the front office. Elway is the primary decision maker when it comes to the roster, with director of player personnel Matt Russell and cap guru Mike Sullivan helping out. Head coach John Fox also has taken a larger role in evaluating players and shaping the look of the team.

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