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Report: Denver Broncos part ways with GM Brian Xanders

The Denver Broncos and general manager Brian Xanders and the team have mutually decided to part ways, the Denver Post reported.

The team later confirmed the report.

"This is the worst part of this business," said John Elway, Denver's executive vice-president of football operations.

Xanders, 41, spent four years in the organization, three as the team's general manager. He had one year left on his contract.

"John and I had a lengthy conversation today and we mutually decided to part ways for the best interest of my career aspirations," Xanders said.

"I appreciated everything that (owner) Pat Bowlen has done for the Broncos and for bringing me here in 2008. It was great working coach John Fox. I'm telling you, he's a great coach to work with. And it was great working with John Elway."

The move comes following a Monday morning meeting with Elway.

"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."

"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," Elway said.

The Broncos had successful drafts in 2010 and 2011. Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker were selected in the 2010 draft. In 2011, the team's first-round pick, Von Miller, was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and rookie Orlando Franklin started 16-games.

Xanders spent 14 years with the Atlanta Falcons in a variety of capacities before being hired by the Broncos in 2008 as assistant general manager by Mike Shanahan, head of football operations at the time. The next year, Xanders was promoted to general manager by then head coach and head of ootball operations, Josh McDaniels.

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