Broncos Fire GM Brian Xanders

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 28: (L-R) John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Brian Xanders, General Manager of the Denver Broncos talk on the sidelines during training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on July 28, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos have "parted ways" with general manager Brian Xanders, the team announced Monday. John Elway released a statement thanking Xanders for his three years of service and revealing a new management structure:

"Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit and recognition for the contributions he made to the Broncos during his four years with the organization," Executive Vice President of Football Operations John 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."

Xanders, 41, was hired in 2008 after spending 14 years in various roles with the Atlanta Falcons. He had a year left on his contract. Despite his "general manager" title, he's never enjoyed the final say in personnel matters that he's craved over the last three years -- and with Elway's presence in the front office, it's unlikely he ever would. As part of the Broncos' new-look front office, the team has no plans to hire a new general manager.

For more, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report and SB Nation Denver.

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