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John Elway: Broncos haven’t heard from anyone wanting to trade up

John Elway

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2010, file photo, retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway prepares to throw a football to Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion in the third quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA basketball game in Denver. Elway, who retired in 1999 after winning his second straight Super Bowl in Denver, is planning to attend some of the Broncos’ training camp practices this summer and has agreed to help market the team’s game in London in September. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski,File)


If any team is interested in trading up for the second overall pick in the NFL draft, Broncos Executive V.P. John Elway would like to know about it.

So far, Elway says, he hasn’t heard a peep.

“We’ve had no contact yet on any of the possible trades,” Elway said today. “We’ve had no contact with anybody yet.”

Broncos G.M. Brian Xanders said he thinks that if anyone makes the Broncos a trade offer, it likely won’t happen until draft day.

“Most of those calls with likely occur the day of the draft,” Xanders said. “It starts at 6 p.m., Mountain Time, so those hours preceding we could get calls -- or we might not get any calls.”

Teams owning picks near the top of the NFL draft have had a hard time trading down in recent years, as other teams don’t want to move into a position where they’ll have to guarantee tens of millions of dollars to an unproven rookie. This year there might be a rookie wage scale that brings those guarantees down, which would make the top picks in the draft more valuable because they would carry less financial risk. But teams won’t know for sure whether there’s a rookie wage scale until the lockout ends, and that won’t be until after the draft.

Elway pronounced himself “hopeful” that the NFL will adopt a rookie wage scale, but he said he doesn’t know anything more about it than anyone else.

“I don’t know that we can predict that just yet,” Elway said. “Obviously there is some uncertainty if there is going to be a rookie wage scale and what the price of second pick is going to be for the player. . . . Then again we may be getting a heck of a player at a heck of a price—whatever the wage scale would come back at, if there is one.”

Ultimately, Elway said, he won’t be satisfied with just getting a heck of a player at a heck of a price with the second overall pick. He’s looking to add both quantity and quality.

“I would like to get four really, really, really good players,” Elway said. “I think we’d all like to do that.”