Elway says the Broncos remained disciplined while trying to build another Super Bowl winning roster.
Here is Elway's full statement:
"We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us.
While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships.
We’ve now turned our attention to other options at quarterback and are confident that we’ll find the right player and person for our team," Elway said. "Our organization thanks Brock for his contributions and wishes him all the best."
The "We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here." part is the one that stood out to me the most.
Many reports have surfaced that suggest Osweiler did not want to return to the Broncos.
Broncos figured Brock Osweiler didn't want to come back when he stopped returning phone calls to coaches/some teammates past 2 weeks. #9news— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 9, 2016
Broncos source: "This is not a surprise. It was clear to John (Elway) last week that (Osweiler) didn’t want to be here."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 9, 2016
I'm told Osweiler was "very distant" during negotiations. showed Broncos he didn't want to come back. Elway refused to play top 10 QB money.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 9, 2016
Brock decided to move on from the Broncos, and now it's time we Broncos fans move on. All that arguing over Brock for the past four years was for naught.
Meanwhile, Elway has earned the right to be disciplined as a GM and to be unquestioned in that discipline. ESPN Insiders broke it down following the news of Osweiler's departure -
Elway cast aside Tim Tebow amid an outcry. Elway fired coach John Fox following four consecutive AFC West titles. Elway forced Peyton Manning into an awkward contract renegotiation, one of several moves informing Manning he was about to live life on the team's terms. Every one of these moves seemed risky from a public-relations standpoint. Every one worked out well for the organization.
In Elway we trust!