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    Broncos' John Elway hires new cap guru Mike Sullivan
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    POSTED: * 02/03/2012 01:22:24 PM MST
    UPDATED: * 02/03/2012 01:23:07 PM MST
    INDIANAPOLIS*— — Now that he's has taken a year to learn the football operations' business, John Elway is continuing to rebuild the Broncos' front office in his own vision.

    Two weeks after he promoted Matt Russell, the former University of Colorado linebacker star, to director of player personnel, Elway

    made another significant move this week when he brought in a new salary cap guru.

    The Broncos did not renew the contract of Mike Bluem, their longtime capologist, and replaced him with Mike Sullivan, who oversaw Octagon Sports agency football division, and has been negotiating player contracts for the past 25 years.

    Bluem had been with the Broncos for 17 seasons working closely with general managers Ted Sundquist, Jim Goodman and Brian Xanders.

    Bluem had been responsible for negotiating many of the player contracts and overseeing the team's payroll budget.

    In some of those contracts, Bluem talked with Sullivan, who will now be negotiating from the other side of the table.

    Sullivan is an attorney and certified public accountant who has gained a reputation as a bulldog negotiator. He got his start in the sports business 25 years ago when he hooked up with then uber-agent Leigh Steinberg.

    Sullivan created the option bonus — which is really a second signing bonus — and one-time playing time bonus in player contracts. They are now common part of the more lucrative NFL contracts, including almost every first-round draft pick.

    Elway's apprenticeship reminded him that football operations is not only about a player's talent, but how contract structuring is vital in acquiring that talent.

    The move comes as the Broncos held frequent meetings this week on the potential list of unrestricted free agents. The NFL's 2012 free agency/trading period is scheduled to begin March 13.

    Notable Broncos eligible for free agency include Matt Prater, Brodrick Bunkley, Brady Quinn, Daniel Fells, Marcus Thomas, Wesley Woodyard and Dante Rosario.

    The Broncos are expected to be active in the free-agent market next month. A possible list of NFL free-agent quarterbacks who the Broncos might consider signing to back up Tim Tebow: Chris Redman, Shaun Hill, Chad Henne, Vince Young, David Carr, Kevin O'Connell and Josh Johnson. Elway has stated Tebow would be the team's starting quarterback entering 2012 training camp.
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  • #2
    Sorry, posting from my phone so icant really do the link and such.

    Enjoy the article though. The GOAT is shaking things up more.
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    • #3
      I like the move but I hope it doesn't scare off future possible free agents.

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      • #4
        heres a link for those who want one

        http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19887005

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        • #5
          Very cool because good maneuverings with the salary cap is one big reason we put together back-to-back Super Bowl teams.

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          • #6
            Good move like anything when someone is in the job to long things often become stagnant or they stop working 'outside' the box. New infusion of talent in the front office shaking things up sounds like a good thing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nyuk nyuk View Post
              Very cool because good maneuverings with the salary cap is one big reason we put together back-to-back Super Bowl teams.

              They also lost a draft pick because of monkeying around with the salary cap back then.

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              • #8
                Good to see Elway putting this team back on track. The FO is really becoming Shanny-free. I have a feeling that this franchise is on the verge of another 20 year run at the top of the AFC.
                #swapping

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                • #9
                  Chris Redman, Shaun Hill, Chad Henne, Vince Young, David Carr, Kevin O'Connell and Josh Johnson

                  WOW, What a list !!!!

                  I wouldn't give up a happy meal for all these put together.

                  Just re-sign BQ and draft a QB in round 3,4 or 5.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Remedy View Post
                    Good move like anything when someone is in the job to long things often become stagnant or they stop working 'outside' the box. New infusion of talent in the front office shaking things up sounds like a good thing.
                    I agree... when I read 17 years I thought, "Wow, I'd say a change would be a good idea right about now!"

                    Disclaimer: I HOPE I CAN KEEP MY CURRENT JOB FOR 17 YEARS OR MORE WITHOUT GETTING THE BOOT 'CAUSE I'VE BEEN THERE TOO LONG!!

                    But still... good move LOL

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                    • #11
                      He just hired someone to maximize his money for players.
                      Broncos fan since Elway. Gator since birth.

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                      • #12
                        I'd love to see carr in broncos blue and orange

                        that'd be epic!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cooperkayd View Post
                          I agree... when I read 17 years I thought, "Wow, I'd say a change would be a good idea right about now!"

                          Disclaimer: I HOPE I CAN KEEP MY CURRENT JOB FOR 17 YEARS OR MORE WITHOUT GETTING THE BOOT 'CAUSE I'VE BEEN THERE TOO LONG!!

                          But still... good move LOL
                          well that depends on your job sometimes in a job like the nfl change is good, other times it is bad. In this case after 17 years I think it is time to move on get a fresh set of eyes on things.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by broncolee View Post
                            They also lost a draft pick because of monkeying around with the salary cap back then.

                            Sounds reasonable to me...

                            2 Lombardis for 1 draft pick.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nyuk nyuk View Post
                              Sounds reasonable to me...

                              2 Lombardis for 1 draft pick.
                              Yeah, too bad it's almost impossible to make that trade off anymore since the NFL reviews all contracts now.
                              My Opinion isn’t determined by what the Popular Opinion is. Sometimes I agree with the Majority, Sometimes I Don’t. If My Opinion is Different than Yours, I have to Ask One Question:
                              You Mad Bro?
                              Don’t Be A Mean Girl

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