This is a great move by Elway.
Heckert played in the league for nearly 10 years in Miami, then become a scout, worked his way up to pro personnel and into Philly when they had their golden run of yearly playoff success short of the superbowl.
Based on the success there he was hired as the GM in Cleveland with final say over all roster moves.
The two years in Cleveland as GM weren't as successful in his career but he's NOT going to be the GM. He'll be replacing Kidd as director or pro player personnel - same position he excelled at with Philly when they sent a dozen or more pro bowlers in one year in 2009/10 I think.
Would be great to get another experienced mind in planning for games against the AFC.