Even after retirement, John Elway could play a big role for the Denver Broncos.

Elway, playing his 16th season, on Monday said he would be interested in buying a stake in the team."It's something I'd like to do just to be involved in football still," Elway told the Rocky Mountain News on Monday. "If it's the Broncos - or another opportunity arose - sure, I'd be interested in that just to stay involved."

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said he would welcome having Elway as a partner, but "it won't be talked about until his career is over."

Elway contemplated retirement before returning for the 1998 season and has said he is not going to be back for 1999.