Denver Broncos boss John Elway: ‘I view free agency like dating’
The Denver Broncos have made a significant splash in the free agency pool over the first few days, signing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward to big-time deals.
Running the show and orchestrating the moves is Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway, who has expertly improved the roster during his tenure, turning the team into a consistent and seemingly (for now) perennial Super Bowl contender. And from his monumental — and at the time, somewhat risky — signing of Peyton Manning up to the Big Three he landed this week, Elway appears to be always focused on improving the team, no matter the price.
Concern has been expressed over how the Broncos can afford such a plethora of high-money free agent deals, but Elway attempted to dispel the notion that the team is overspending during an interview on “The Dave Logan Show” on 850 KOA.
“I think that’s really the misnomer of the reporting – obviously these contracts are big contracts, but there’s some fluff in some of these contracts, too,” Elway said, via Broncos.com. “I think that the bottom line is that we’re not doing anything to mortgage our future. I’ve always said that everyone keeps talking about, ‘Well, you’re doing this to win now.’ I say, ‘No, we’re doing this to win now on.’ That’s what we’re doing. We’re not mortgaging our future. We had some cap room this year and we had some cash available and we’re able to get in the bidding for these top free agents.”
“By no means have we done anything cap-wise or anything to mortgage or take away from the future,” he continued. “(Owner and CEO) Pat Bowlen is the one that is insistent on winning from now on. I hear him loud and clear.”
But it is what Elway said at some other point that was chuckle-worthy and arguably a very apt way in which to explain the winner-take-all, highly competitive nature of pursuing available free agents.
According to a tweet from ESPN 102.3’s Eric Weidner in Denver, Elway compared free agency to romancing a potential partner while dating.
Elway, ” I view free agency like dating, if you didn’t want me to scoop them up then you have treated them better” #BroncosNation
— Eric Weidner (@ESPNWeidner) March 12, 2014
Shazam! That’s right, if you don’t like Elway scoping out and scooping up what you believe is yours, you better shape up and learn how to treat a free agent right. We’re talking wining, dining, flattery, making the person feel important, listening, whispering sweet nothings into their …
Okay, maybe not that far, but Elway makes a good point. At the same time, unlike dating, the almighty dollar — and how many of those almighty dollars a person is willing to spend — doesn’t routinely rule over everything.
Well, that depends on the caliber of person one happens to be courting, of course, but you know what I’m getting at here.
Bearing in mind the dating analogy, what about other players, you ask? How can we explain Elway’s disinterest in bringing in players coveted by other teams into the fold?
Sorry, guys. He’s just not that into you.