Brian Xanders Fired: Denver Broncos Part Ways With GM

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 28: (L-R) Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos and Brian Xanders, General Manager, watch the team 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)

Brian Xanders is no longer the GM of the Denver Broncos.

Broncos general manager Brian Xanders met with John Elway on Monday morning and afterward the Denver announced that the team and Xanders "mutually decided to part ways."

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In discussing the move, John Elway expressed his gratitude to Xanders and said they both agreed it would be better for both the Broncos and Xanders' career to go in a different direction.

"It was tough because I have a great deal of respect for Brian as a football man but also as a person," Elway said. "Even more so as a person. He was very helpful to me in this first year getting acclimated back to the NFL. I owe him a lot. Just from the conversation we had, we just thought for his career and for the Broncos we felt that now was the best time to go a different way."

Xanders was the assistant general manager in 2008 before assuming the general manager role in 2009. Prior to joining the Broncos in 2008, he spent 14 years working for the Atlanta Falcons.

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