The Denver Broncos on Monday night announced the departure of general manager Brian Xanders, who has been with the team for the last four years. Xanders, who has held the title of GM since the start of the 2009 season with Josh McDaniels, and the Broncos mutually decided to part ways, John Elway said in a statement.
"Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit and recognition for the contributions he made to the Broncos during his four years with the organization. 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.
"My responsibility to the Broncos and our fans is to build a championship football team. The setup we have throughout every phase of our football operations will better position us for success going forward.
"Making a change with someone of Brian's caliber is not easy. I thank him for everything he did for the Broncos and wish him all the best as he continues his career."
Xanders didn't have final say over the roster when McDaniels was in Denver and he didn't have final say when Elway was in charge. I can see why he would want to leave -- you can only go so high when you don't have true control of a franchise.