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John Elway Takes Shot At Emmanuel Sanders After Trade

A closeup of John Elway.

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 28: John Elway, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos, looks on as players warm up before a game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Broncos traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for a third and fourth-round pick.

The move made headlines as the 49ers looked to sure up a position of weakness. Despite sitting undefeated on the season, San Francisco lacked a veteran target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

After the trade, Broncos general manager John Elway spoke highly of Sanders, but also offered a weird parting shot.

According to Grant Gordon of, Elway said Sanders "had issues."

Here's his full comment.

"When we looked at it, Emmanuel had issues and we had issues. That is why it was a good time for us to go different directions, for Emmanuel to go in a different direction and for us to go in a different direction. With that being said, we were able to get the value that we thought was fair. That is why we decided to make the deal."

It's an odd addition to Elway comments praising the wide receiver for his work with the team.

Sanders' issues likely resided with the poor play of quarterback Joe Flacco and an extremely inept Broncos offense.

Now he heads to San Francisco where he will immediately play a factor in the offense.