According to the Denver Broncos, they have concluded a six-year deal with former assistant general manager of the Minnesota Vikings and player personnel vice president George Paton to serve as the team’s new general manager.
Last week, John Elway stepped down as the team’s general manager and promoted himself to the Broncos, then the team began searching and interviewing what might have happened. Instead of Elway, they settled on the candidates. Five George Paton, The Bears Champ Kelly, Saints Terry Fontenot, Patriots Dave Ziegler and the Broncos owned Brian Stark.The last two candidates ended up with Paton and Fontenot, but ultimately the Broncos decided to hire Paton.
Paton spent 14 seasons with the Viking Organization and was Rick Spielman’s right-hand man throughout that time. He has been popular when interviewing for general manager positions over the past decade. But eventually deciding there was no right job and with Spielman and the Vikings, the Broncos eventually lured him to their general manager.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero recently spoke with the Denver Broncos’ Aric DiLalla and he said Paton is’ one of the most internationally recognized personnel in the entire NFL ‘.
“George Paton is one of the most internationally recognized personnel in the entire NFL. [He’s] People who – whether you talk to people who are friends with him, people competing with him, people who just know him from street spies, nobody speaks badly about him … Of course, few. That I can imagine who would be better equipped to become a GM, which – considering George was being pursued, I didn’t even know there were a dozen or more GM jobs. The last seven or eight years may not have been a surprise. ”
Pelissero also highlights Paton’s resume with the Vikings, he is heavily involved in that team’s scouting and personnel department, who have drafted and signed better players in the NFL right now.
“George went to college. He spent time on the road He is also heavily involved in personnel and works with Rick Spielman on a number of different things. That’s the brain’s confidence in people with Rob Brzezinski who runs a lot of business. [and] About the highest salary Those are the people who have been in Minnesota for a while If you look at Vikings’ draft records, the number of Pro Bowls they find, the number of young players in the descending order, whether you look up and down the defense over the years, I can list them all. I mean the guys who are still there: Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter; Of the men who have moved over the years: Clearly, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes. They have really good players. And unsatisfyingly, signing Adam Thielen from the experimental draft Stefon Diggs draft Justin Jefferson, now the Dalvin Cook draft, who fell into the second round because people were uncomfortable with him and the Vikings did all the extra homework and was comfortable with him.That’s not all of the screen. George But he was involved in that whole process. So for sure Everything you can think of [that] You have to have a GM to do that. George has been involved with it in certain positions in Minnesota, which makes him an impressive candidate for other teams to consider. ”
Paton is being submitted for a list of young attackers who appear to be on the verge of becoming one of the strongest units in the league. However, he has made a tough decision going forward with the team. First up will be Von Miller and Justin Simmons contracts.
Von is at the end of his career and is on the verge of disappearing for the rest of the 2020 NFL season.Will Paton decide to move on from John Elway’s first draft pick? Or take Von’s choice and keep him with the team for another year?
With Simmons, I thought it was a much easier decision, Paton knows what the All-Pro safety means in defense. (He has Harrison Smith in Minnesota), so keeping Simmons with the Broncos is important. I don’t think we’ll see Simmons out of town.
After that, there were some high priced veterans who may have suffered casualties. Those players are safe defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, AJ Bouye, Cornerback and Kareem Jackson.Will he decide to move from one, two or all three of these veterans and clear enough space? It may go either way.
We finally get the quarterback. Will Paton join Drew Lock like John Elway is? Or will he decide to go his own path and lead a veteran or a draft pick as that guy? Will we be able to see him move on from Lock? It could be one way or another, and it will be something we’ll be talking hard about in the coming weeks and months.
In the end, I liked this hiring, with the Broncos Paton likely to have been general manager years ago if he needed it.His decision for the Broncos would ultimately make us feel good about the future of our franchise. I am excited to have a new set of eyes working in this organization. Elway brings life and success to this team. But the past five years have been a tough time and need to change. I am excited to see who Paton brings to his Front Office by any means, this is an exciting time for the Broncos franchise, and I am excited to see what the future holds. How is it for us?
John Elway comments on George Paton being hired as the Broncos’ general manager.
“George waited and worked for the right opportunity, which showed he was smart and serious about winning the championship.”
President of Football Operations John Elway about our new GM George Paton: pic.twitter.com/6hlZb2YHDX
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
New Broncos GM George Paton released a statement.
“I feel like this team is a sleeping giants. For me it was the right place and the right time for the occasion. ”
Statement from our new GM George Paton: pic.twitter.com/qkyZnbPY3x
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
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