ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – The Broncos elected the new leader of their front office.
Denver has agreed with George Patton to become the new general manager of the team, the Broncos announced on Wednesday.
Patton, formerly vice president of player staff / assistant general manager of the Vikings, became the 15th top CEO in Broncos history.
“At the beginning of this process, it became clear why George has been a much-coveted candidate for GM for so many years,”
Patton has spent 14 seasons in Minnesota, including the last nine as an assistant to the team. He took on his most recent title of Vice President of Personnel / Assistant General Manager in 2018.
“George is one of the most respected and experienced NFL staff executives,” said President / CEO Joe Ellis. “He is a composite, team leader with a clear vision for building a team championship. Meeting George last week, his intelligence, work ethic and leadership skills impressed us all. He worked for nearly 25 years in the NFL to prepare for this challenge and we are very happy to have George as our new general manager. We are delighted to welcome George, his wife Barbara and his children Bella and Bo into the Broncos family. “
During his time in the Vikings, Patton worked closely with general manager Rick Spielman to help build a list that has made the playoffs in three of the last six seasons and won a pair of divisional titles since 2015.
“I am honored to be appointed CEO of an iconic franchise with a champion tradition like Denver Broncos,” Patton said. “This organization has great resources, huge people, a talented young core of players and an exceptional coaching staff.
“In many ways, I feel that this team is a sleeping giant. For me, this is the right place and the right time for this opportunity.
“During this process, I felt a real connection with Joe, John and Vic. I feel at home. We share the same values for winning and doing things the right way.
“Although it’s hard to leave the Vikings, the relationships I’ve enjoyed in Minnesota are for life. I’m sincerely grateful to the Wilf family, Rick Spielman, Rob Brzezinski, Mike Zimmer and the entire Viking organization. Thank you for your attitude. us as a family.
“I believe in hard work, grinding and not taking any shortcuts to achieve our goals. Making and developing players is the number one priority. We will be aggressive but not reckless, adding talent to our list.
“Our family has heard nothing but great things about Colorado, especially passionate fans in the Broncos country. Together with my wife Barbara and children Bella and Bo, we are proud to now call Denver our home.
“I can’t wait to go to work. Go Broncos!”
The Vikings made six playoff appearances – with six different starting quarterbacks – and won four league titles in Patton’s time in Minneapolis.