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Klee blog: John Elway's new five-year deal settles murky waters around Denver Broncos

By: Paul Klee
July 24, 2017 Updated: July 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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What, you expected John Elway to work somewhere other than Colorado?

As Gazette columnist Woody Paige wrote last week, the Broncos and Elway will continue to be tied at the hip. The Broncos and Elway have agreed to a five-year contract that will keep the QB-turned-executive here at least through 2021, the team announced Monday. Terms were not released, though ESPN news-breaker Adam Schefter reported that Elway likely will become the highest-paid general manager in the NFL. It's good to be Duke.

While they publicly downplayed the negotiations, the Broncos needed a dose of stability as training camp is set to open Thursday. The moving pieces include a first-time head coach and an offense without a clear-cut starting quarterback. There's also the biggie, the lingering question of who takes over for longtime owner Pat Bowlen. Even the naming rights at Mile High are up in the air.

But keeping Elway at the top of the operation ensures the Broncos will always be relevant in the NFL. His teams have won five AFC West titles and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl 50 to close the 2015 season. His reign atop the Broncos has been nothing short of massively successful. Only the Patriots own more wins than the Broncos' 67 during Elway's tenure.

It's been written in this space several times the Broncos will always be a factor with Elway in charge. Now he's in charge for at least five more years.

That should be plenty of time to find the next quarterback of the Broncos.

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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