According to the Denver Broncos, they have signed a six-year deal with former Minnesota Vikings Assistant General Manager and VP of Player Personnel, George Paton, to become the team’s new General Manager.
Just last week, John Elway resigned from the team’s General Managing position and promoted himself within the Broncos organization. The team then began finding and interviewing potential replacements for Elway. They decided on five candidates. George Paton, Bears Champ Kelly, Saints Terry Fontenot, Patriots Dave Ziegler and Broncos owner Brian Stark. The last two candidates were Paton and Fontenot, but eventually the Broncos decided to hire Paton.
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NFL Networks ‘Tom Pelissero recently spoke with the Denver Broncos’ own Aric DiLalla, and he said Paton is ‘one of the most universally respected staff men in the entire NFL’.
“George Paton is one of the most respected staff members in the entire NFL. [He’s] someone there – whether you’re talking to people who are friends with him, people who have competed against him, people who just know him from scout on the road – no one has a bad word to say about him. … There are certainly not many people I can think of who would be better equipped to be a GM, which – given that George has been persecuted, I do not even know a dozen or so GM jobs over the last seven or eight years are probably not a surprise. ”
Pelissero also highlights Paton’s draft resumption with the Vikings. He was heavily involved in the scout and personnel department of the team that has drafted and signed some of the better players in the NFL right now.
George is doing college trips. He spends time on the road. Of course, he is also heavily involved in staff and worked hand in hand with Rick Spielman on many different things. It’s a kind of brain trust on the staff side, along with Rob Brzezinski, who handles much of the business [and] the salary cap means something. These are the guys who’s been in charge of Minnesota for a long time. If you look at the Vikings’ draft record, the number of Pro Bowl picks they have found, the number of young, rising players, whether you look up and down the defense, that over the years I can list them all out, I mean by the guys still: Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter; of guys who have gone through the years: obviously Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes. They have had really good players. And offensively, signing Adam Thielen of a rehearsal, drafting Stefon Diggs, drafting Justin Jefferson now, drafting Dalvin Cook, who fell to the second round because people were not comfortable with him, and the Vikings did all the extra homework and became comfortable with him. It’s not all George, but he’s had a hand in the whole process. So absolutely. Everything you can think of [that] you need a GM to do, George has been involved in it in some property in Minnesota, making him a really impressive candidate that other teams might consider. ”
Paton gets a young offensive list that seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the stronger units in the league. However, he has some tough decisions to make to get on with the team. First will be the contracts of Von Miller and Justin Simmons.
Von is at the end of his career and is missing out on the entire 2020 NFL season. Will Paton decide to move on from John Elway’s first draft election? Or pick up Vons opportunity and keep him with the team for another year?
With Simmons, I think it’s a much easier decision. Paton knows what an All-Pro safety means for a defense (he had Harrison Smith in Minnesota), so it’s important to keep the Simmons with the Broncos. I do not think we’re watching Simmons leave town.
Then there are some expensive veterans who may be injured. These players are defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, cornerback AJ Bouye and safety Kareem Jackson. Will he decide to move on from one, two or all of these three veterans and clean up a good amount of capacity? It could go both ways.
Finally, we have the quarterback position. Will Paton be on Drew Lock as John Elway was? Or will he decide to go his own route and pick up a veteran or a draft to be that guy? Could we see him move on all the way from Lock? That could very well be and will be something we will be talking about strongly in the coming weeks and months of this offseason.
In the end, I like this rental of the Broncos. Paton would probably have had a CEO job many years ago if he wanted it, having finally decided to pick the Broncos, should make us feel good about the future of our franchise. I’m excited to have a brand new set of eyes that drives this organization. Elway brought some team and success to this team, but the last five years have been tough and change was needed. I’m excited to see who Paton also brings to fill his front office. Either way, these are exciting times for the Broncos franchise, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.
John Elway comments that George Paton will be hired as the Broncos’ General Manager
“George has been waiting and working on the right opportunity, which shows that he is smart and serious about winning.”
Pres. of football operations John Elway on our new GM George Paton: pic.twitter.com/6hlZb2YHDX
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
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