Denver Broncos executive John Elway maintained that he would only entertain the idea of pursuing quarterback Tony Romo if he hit the open market. Now that Romo has reportedly opted instead for the broadcast booth, the Broncos’ stance on Romo is coming to light.

“Elway was interested in Romo under conditions. One of the conditions was that Romo was all-in on the pursuit of a Super Bowl to cap his career,” Mike Klis of 9News in Denver said Tuesday on NFL Network. “Money wasn’t going to be a factor – you hate to say it but it has to be this way – family, home. All that mattered was going for the Super Bowl to finish out the career.”

Elway signed Peyton Manning in 2012 with the intention of making multiple runs at the Lombardi Trophy. The team accomplished that with trips to the Super Bowl in the 2013 and 2015 seasons.

The Broncos hoped they could make a similar signing with Romo, but Elway may have drawn concern by Romo’s rumored interest in color commentary.

“When he heard that, I think Elway wasn’t sure how committed Tony Romo was to that quest for the Super Bowl title, that all-consuming quest that he wanted from his quarterback,” Klis added. “I think that had a big part of why Elway backed off of Tony Romo a few weeks ago.”

The reality is the Broncos were never going to pursue Romo until he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran of 14 seasons reportedly chose retirement over signing with a new team in part because of health concerns.

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