Who will replace John Elway? Candidates to consider opening GM for Broncos. Denver Post

Who will replace John Elway?  Candidates to consider opening GM for Broncos.  Denver Post

Bronco General Manager John Elway announced Monday that it is Transition to the role of Chief of Football Operations He will lead the search for a general manager who will have the final say in personnel matters. List of potential candidates (alphabetical order):

Nick Casereo

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New England Patriots Director of Staff Nick Casereo confronts reporters before the NFL football training camp training at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The current role: New England player for singles

As a member of the Patriots for 20 years and just completed his 18th season in the team’s personnel department, Casereo holds his current title since 2008. He worked as a Professional Personnel Manager from 2004-2006 before moving on to the coaching side for three years (receivers).

Thomas Dimitrov

Thomas Dimitrov, General Manager of ...

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Thomas Dimitrov, General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons, before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The current role: He was fired from the General Manager position of the Atlanta Falcons on October 11.

If Broncos members wanted the new General Manager to have prior experience, Dimitroff might be at or near the top of the list. Dimitrov was a longtime scout in Detroit, Cleveland and New England, General Manager of the Falcons from 2008-20 and was responsible for crafting midfielder Matt Ryan.

Champ Kelly

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This is a 2019 photo of Kelly champion from the Chicago Bears NFL soccer team. This image reflects the Chicago Bears active list as of Thursday May 2, 2019 when this photo was taken.

The current role: Chicago Assistant Director for the Individual Player

Kelly checks two potentially important chests – experience with Broncos and knowledge of coach Vic Fangio. Kelly worked at Bronco from 2007 until 2014, rising from University Scouts to Assistant Scouting Coordinator Supporter / College and Assistant Director of Professional Personnel.

Martin Mayhew

General Manager Martin Mayhew from ...

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Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew introduced Jim Caldwell as Lions’ head coach during a press conference at Ford Field on January 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

The current role: Vice President of San Francisco Team Individual Player

A former Washington and Tampa Bay player, Mayhew moved into action five years after his retirement. He worked in Detroit from 2001 to 15, the last eight of them being General Manager. He’s been with the New York Giants at 16 and with the 49th team for the past four years.

Adam Peters

The current role: Vice President of San Francisco Team Individual Player

Peters began his career in the NFL with New England (2003-2008), first two as a scouting assistant and then progressing to the Scouting District. Peters joined the Broncos in 2009 as a regional scout before moving on to the National Scouts (2011-13), Assistant Director of College Scouts (2014-15) and Director of College Scouts (2016).

Jerry Reese

Senior Vice President and General Manager ...

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Senior Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese of the New York Giants celebrates after the Giants’ 21-17 win against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The current role: He has not associated with any team since leaving the New York Giants in 2017.

Reese served on the Giants Team from 1994-2017, rising from college scouts to professional scouts to director of player players to 11 years as General Manager, during which time the Giants twice won the Super Bowl.

Rick Smith

Houston Texas General Manager Rick Smith ...

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Rick Smith, general manager of Houston Texas, smiles before the Texas team plays the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 3, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The current role: He has not associated with any team since leaving Houston Texas in 2017.

Another candidate connected to Bronco. He was the assistant coach of the defensive team from 1996 to 1999 before moving to the front office as a manager of professional personnel from 2000-05. Texas appointed him as General Manager in 2006 and he has served for 12 years in that position, including the last six as Deputy General Manager / Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations.

John Spitek

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This is a photo of John Spitec of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soccer team. This image reflects the list of active Tampa Bay Buccaneers as of Monday, June 12, 2017.

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