Broncos Update Insider - Saturday, June 18

Former Broncos quarterback John Elway, who is part owner of the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush, said he's happy in the AFL and isn't rushing to get back into the NFL. Elway's Crush won the ArenaBowl on June 12 in the franchise's third year of existence.

Elway's Crush won the ArenaBowl on June 12 in the franchise's third year of existence. Elway, who is in charge of day-to-day operations, has built the franchise from the bottom up, from picking uniforms to evaluating player personnel, and said that has been a great experience for him.

"It's something I wanted to do and it's been a great learning experience," Elway said. "Having been a player you really don't know the business side, so to get experience under fire in the middle of it, it's a great business school class. I've really enjoyed it." v Elway looked into NFL front office jobs after his playing career was done, most notably he was looking into getting involved with an ownership group that was trying to bring a NFL team back to Los Angeles.

He ended up in the AFL and has been perhaps the growing league's most influential figure. He has appeared in national television advertisements promoting the league and his presence on the Crush has helped that team's popularity in Colorado.

Elway stressed that he's not stumping for a NFL job. v "If there's an opportunity that would arise (in the NFL) I would always look at it," Elway said. "But I'm thrilled to death to be a part of the Arena League and what we've accomplished and where it's gone the last three years."

Elway said that he has enjoyed his post-playing career in management. The Crush went from 2-14 its first season to a playoff team last year and Arena League champions this season, an accomplishment that Elway was very pleased with.

"You never replace being a player," Elway said. "But I think in ownership and being a part of an organization and part of a team where you're out competing week in and week out, it lights my fire."


--Broncos safety Nick Ferguson has received the NFL's Player Development Academic Achievement Award. Ferguson went back to Georgia Tech during the spring semester to complete his degree in management.

--Broncos defensive tackle Gerard Warren has impressed the team with his workouts this offseason. Warren didn't come to Denver from Cleveland with a great reputation, but he has earned praise from Broncos coach Mike Shanahan already.

--The Broncos filled a NFL Europe exemption with guard Zach Wilson. Wilson has been out of the NFL the past two seasons. He was a four-year starter at Southern Cal and started the past two seasons for NFL Europe's Cologne Centurions.

"Warren has done an excellent job," Shanahan said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's one almost every sprint drill. I've been very impressed with the way he's worked out in the offseason." -- Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on defensive tackle Gerard Warren.




UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Garrison Hearst; DT Ellis Johnson.



PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: S Sam Brandon; OG Cooper Carlisle; DE Marco Coleman; DT Dorsett Davis; DT Luther Elliss; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; TE/LS Mike Leach; DE Anton Palepoi; DT Monsanto Pope; TE Jeb Putzier; CB Lenny Walls; S Chris Young.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Stephen Alexander; DE Courtney Brown; LB Keith Burns; OT Anthony Clement; RB Ron Dayne; DE Ebenezer Ekuban; LB Ian Gold; DT Michael Myers; P Todd Sauerbrun; OG Cameron Spikes; DT Gerard Warren.

PLAYERS LOST:P Jason Baker; RB Reuben Droughns; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; S Kenoy Kennedy; G Dan Neil.

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