Who replaces John Elway? Candidates to consider for Broncos’ GM opening.

Broncos general manager John Elway announced Monday he is transitioning to the role of president of football operations and will lead the search for a general manager who will have final say on personnel. A list of potential candidates (alphabetical order):

Nick Caserio

Current role: New England player of personnel

A 20-year member of the Patriots’ organization who just completed his 18th season in the team’s personnel department, Caserio has held his current title since 2008. He worked as the pro personnel director from 2004-06 before moving over to the coaching side for three years (receivers).

Thomas Dimitroff

Current role: Was fired as the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager on Oct. 11.

If the Broncos want the new general manager to have previous experience, Dimitroff could be at or near the top of their list. A long-time scout in Detroit, Cleveland and New England, Dimitroff was the Falcons’ general manager from 2008-20 and responsible for drafting quarterback Matt Ryan.

Champ Kelly

Current role: Chicago assistant director of player personnel

Kelly checks two boxes that could be important — experience with the Broncos and familiarity with coach Vic Fangio. Kelly worked for the Broncos from 2007-14, rising from college scout to assistant pro/college scouting coordinator and assistant pro personnel director.

Martin Mayhew

Current role: San Francisco vice president of player personnel

A former player for Washington and Tampa Bay, Mayhew moved into personnel five years after his retirement. He worked in Detroit from 2001-15, the last eight as general manager. He was with the New York Giants in ’16 and with the 49ers the last four years.

Adam Peters

Current role: San Francisco vice president of player personnel

Peters started his NFL career with New England (2003-08), the first two as a scouting assistant and then advancing to area scout. Peters joined the Broncos in 2009 as a regional scout before moving up to national scout (2011-13), assistant director of college scouting (2014-15) and director of college scouting (2016).

Jerry Reese

Current role: Has not been associated with a team since leaving the New York Giants in 2017.

Reese worked for the Giants from 1994-2017, rising from college scout to pro scout to director of player personnel to an 11-year stint as general manager, during which time the Giants won two Super Bowls.

Rick Smith

Current role: Has not been associated with a team since leaving the Houston Texans in 2017.

Another candidate with ties to the Broncos. He was the team’s assistant defensive backs coach from 1996-99 before moving into the front office as director of pro personnel from 2000-05. The Texans hired him as general manager in 2006 and he served 12 years in that role, including the final six as GM/executive vice president of football operations.

John Spytek

Current role: Tampa Bay director of player personnel

Spytek worked for the Broncos from 2013-15 as the Southwest area scout (’13) and a national scout (’14-15). He is in his fifth year with Tampa Bay and oversees the team’s day-to-day operations of the pro and college scouting departments. Spytek has also worked for Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Dave Ziegler

Current role: New England assistant director of player personnel

Ziegler completed his eighth season in the Patriots’ scouting department and his first as assistant director of player personnel. He served four years as director of pro personnel and three as director of pro scouting. Prior to the Patriots, he worked three years for the Broncos.

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