GM Sundquist fired as Broncos 'move forward'

DENVER -- Ted Sundquist is no longer the Denver Broncos' general manager.

In a brief statement Wednesday, head coach Mike Shanahan said it was time for the organization to move forward and look at new directions.

Details of Sundquist's departure weren't immediately released. A call to his office was not returned.

"I am grateful to Ted for all his hard work and efforts on behalf of the Broncos for the past 16 years," Shanahan said.

Other members of the Broncos' management, including director of player personnel Jim Goodman and assistant general manager Jeff Goodman will have increased roles in football operations, while Joe Ellis, chief operating officer of the Broncos, will perform operational and administrative issues.

The Broncos limped to a 7-9 record last season, missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Since the end of the season, Denver defensive boss Jim Bates resigned and the team has released receiver Javon Walker and linebacker Ian Gold.

Sundquist became general manager in 2002 after 10 years in a player personnel role for the team.

Denver reached the playoffs three times under Sundquist's watch, including an appearance in the AFC championship game against Pittsburgh following the 2005 season.

Sundquist, 45, supervised pro and college scouting and was responsible for salary cap and contract analysis.

In his role as general manager, Sundquist helped Denver land free agents such as John Lynch, Daniel Graham and Travis Henry. He also made a trade with the Washington Redskins to acquire Champ Bailey and the Detroit Lions to obtain Dre' Bly.

Sundquist also facilitated a draft-day deal with St. Louis in 2006, allowing Denver to trade up four spots to take Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler with the 11th overall pick.