By Evans Clinchy
May 08, 2012

The Denver Broncos are parting ways with general manager Brian Xanders, reports Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

"It was tough because I have a great deal of respect for Brian as a football man but also as a person," Broncos exec John 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."

Xanders, now 41, was hired after the 2008 draft as the Broncos' assistant general manager; the following year, he was promoted to the GM position. With one year left on his contract, Xanders mutually agreed with the Broncos today on his exit.

"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 with Coach John Fox. I'm telling you, he's a great coach to work with. And it was great working with John Elway."

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