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Broncos, John Elway making progress toward deal

  • By Lakisha Jackson
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The Denver Broncos are moving closer toward a new deal for their top football executive.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the team and general manager/executive vice president John Elway are making progress toward an extension that would keep him in Denver for the foreseeable future.

"We're working to get it done," Joe Ellis, Broncos CEO and president, told The Gazette in Colorado Springs. "We've had some productive discussions in the last week or so and will keep talking. John's an important part of our organization, and we want to make sure he's here for a long time."

Talks ramped up this week after a period of stagnation and there is optimism it will get done at some point before the season, Rapoport added.

Elway told The Associated Press in May that he did not "think there will be any doubt" a deal gets done before the season opener.

The new deal would likely place Elway among the highest paid GMs, if not the highest.