ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Brian Xanders is out as general manager of the Denver Broncos after three years in that role and with a year left on his contract.
Broncos boss John Elway said the decision to part ways was made in a meeting between the two men Monday.
Elway said in a statement that Xanders' "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."
Xanders joined the Broncos as assistant GM under coach Mike Shanahan in 2008 and was promoted to general manager following Josh McDaniels' hiring as coach a year later. But Xanders never had final say on roster decisions under Shanahan, McDaniels or Elway, who took over as vice president of football operations last year.