Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is expected to rejoin the Denver Broncos as their chief football executive by midweek, according to reports.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said reports that the team had reached an agreement with Elway were premature: “Talks with John are progressing, but nothing has been finalized at this point,” Smyth said.
The Broncos have won one playoff game since Elway retired in 1999 following his second consecutive Super Bowl title and haven’t reached the playoffs in five years.
Elway has said on his Denver radio show the last couple of weeks that he’s eager to get back into the NFL.
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ESPN reported that Elway would discuss the coach opening with Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh. A former Stanford star, Elway is serving as honorary captain for the Cardinal at the Orange Bowl today.
EX-BUCS QB ARRESTED
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King has been charged with driving under the influence in Florida.
Hillsborough County jail records show that King declined to take a blood alcohol test when sheriff’s deputies stopped him at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. He posted $500 bond and was released.
King played seven NFL seasons with the Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals. He quarterbacked the Buccaneers to the NFC Championship Game after the 1999 season, and was the No. 3 quarterback when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season.
He recently was hired as a part-time football analyst for Bright House Sports Network.
FAVRE SAYS HE’S DONE
Brett Favre sat out Minnesota’s season-ending loss to Detroit with a concussion, and the veteran quarterback says it’s time to quit, this time for good.
“I know it’s time, and that’s OK. It is,” Favre said. “Again, I hold no regrets, and I can’t think of too many players offhand that can walk away and say that. Individually and from a team standpoint, it was way more than I ever dreamed of.”
He also retired in 2008 with the Packers and 2009 with the Jets, only to return to the field both times when the football bug bit him in the summer.
San Francisco vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke interviewed with team president Jed York for the team’s general manager vacancy. Five coaches have already lost their jobs, and a whole lot more could be looking for new positions in the next few days. Start with the state of Ohio, where Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis and Cleveland’s Eric Mangini are scheduled to meet with club executives today to decide their future. Other coaches who could be in trouble include Miami’s Tony Sparano, Houston’s Gary Kubiak, Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher and Oakland’s Tom Cable. Cable is unlikely to return, according to reports. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported interim coach Leslie Frazier will be named coach of the Vikings. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects to decide within days if he’ll remove the interim tag from Jason Garrett and give him the job or go with another candidate. Giants co-owner John Mara said Tom Coughlin will return as coach. Lincoln High grad Jon Kitna did not start at quarterback for Dallas against Philadelphia because of a side injury.