- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2018

According to a report from the Colorado Springs Gazette, Mike Shanahan met with John Elway last December to discuss a return to coaching — before the Denver Broncos ultimately decided not to rehire their former coach. 

Shanahan, who has not coached since the Redskins fired him in 2013, spent 14 seasons in Denver (1995-2008), leading them to two Super Bowl wins. 

Per the Gazette, “the contract was not finalized because Broncos’ CEO Joe Ellis, who also serves on the Pat Bowlen Trust board, refused to agree.” 

Elway played under Shanahan and now serves as the Broncos’ general manager. Denver has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and in 2017, the team went just 5-11 under first-year coach Vance Joseph. 

Shanahan would have replaced Joseph if the move had been signed off on. 

The Gazette also reported that Shanahan also met with Kirk Cousins to discuss joining the Broncos: 

Two of the sources also said that Cousins met with Shanahan (date unknown) in a back room at Shanahan’s restaurant and told the coach he would play for the Broncos, if Shanahan would be the coach, at a discounted rate. In Washington, D.C., Shanahan drafted Cousins and eventually chose him as the starter over Robert Griffin III — before Shanahan was fired from his last job in the league.

The NFL Network confirmed some of the details:

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