According to Denver Broncos, they have finalized a six-year deal with former former Minnesota Assistant General Manager Vikings and player’s vice president of staff George Patton to be the team’s new general manager.
Just last week, John Elway resigned from the team’s general leadership position and rose to the Broncos. The team then began looking for and interviewing potential Elway replacements. They chose five candidates. George Patton, Champion Bears Kelly, St. Terry Fontenot, Patriots Dave Ziegler and the Broncos own Brian Stark. The last two candidates were eventually Patton and Fontenot, but the Broncos eventually decided to hire Patton.
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Tom Pelisero of the NFL Network spoke recently with Denver Broncos owner Aric DiLalla and said Patton was “one of the most respected staff members in the entire NFL.”
“George Patton is one of the most respected players in the entire NFL. [He’s] someone who – whether you’re talking to people who are friends with him, people who have competed against him, people who just know him from road intelligence – no one has a bad word to say about him. … Of course, there aren’t many people I can think of who would be better prepared to be genetically modified, which – given that George is being persecuted for, I don’t even know, a dozen or more jobs in GM over the last seven or eight years is probably no surprise. “
Pelisero also highlights Patton’s autobiography project with the Vikings. He was heavily involved in the intelligence and human resources department of this team, which drafted and signed some of the best players in the NFL at the moment.
“George’s going to college.” He spends time on the road. In addition, he is obviously very committed to the staff and has worked hand in hand with Rick Spielman on many different things. This is a kind of brain trust on the part of the staff, together with Rob Brzezinski, who is involved in much of the business. [and] the salary limit matters. These are the boys who have long ruled Minnesota. If you look at the Vikings’ project record, the number of Pro Bowls they selected, the number of young, rising players, whether you’re looking for protection up and down, that over the years I can list them, I mean the guys who are still there: Harrison Smith , Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Daniel Hunter; of boys who have continued over the years: apparently Everson Griffin, Xavier Rhodes, Trey Waynes. They had really good players. And insulting, signing Adam Tylen from a rehearsal, drafting Stefon Diggs, drafting Justin Jefferson now, drafting Dalvin Cook, who fell in the second round because people didn’t feel good with him, and the Vikings did all the extra homework and felt comfortable with it. That’s not all George, but he has a hand in the whole process. So, absolutely. Everything you can think of [that] you need a CEO, George has played with him in some role in Minnesota, which makes him a really impressive candidate for consideration by other teams. “
Patton is handed a young offensive roster, which seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the strongest units in the league. However, he has some difficult decisions to move forward with the team. First will be the contracts for Von Miller and Justin Simmons.
Von is at the end of his career and misses the entire NFL 2020 season. Will Patton decide to continue from John Elway’s first selection? Or take the Background option and keep it with the team for another year?
With Simmons, I think it’s a much easier solution. Patton knows what All-Pro safety means for defense (he had Harrison Smith in Minnesota), so keeping Simmons with the Broncos should be a priority. I don’t think we see Simmons leaving town.
Then there are some high-cost veterans who could be victims. These players are defender, defender Jurel Casey, cornerback AJ Bouye and defender Kareem Jackson. Will he decide to switch from one, two or all three of these veterans and free up a good amount of space? It can go both ways.
Finally, we have a quarterback position. Will Patton participate in Drew Locke, as John Elway did? Or will he decide to go his own way and bring in a veteran or a subpoena to be that person? Can we see him move completely from Lock? It is possible in both ways and will be something we will talk about hard in the coming weeks and months of this off-season.
After all, I like this hire from the Broncos. Patton would probably have had a job as general manager years ago, if he wanted to, if he finally decides to choose the Broncos, he should make us feel good about the future of our franchise. I am glad to have a new set of eyes running this organization. Elway brought some life and success to this team, but the last five years have been rough and change has been needed. I’m glad to see who Patton is leading to fill his front office. Anyway, these are exciting times for the Broncos franchise and I’m excited to see what the future holds.
John Ellway commented on the appointment of George Patton as general manager of the Broncos
“George has been waiting and working for the right opportunity, which shows that he is smart and serious about winning.”
President of the football operations John Elway of our new GM George Patton: pic.twitter.com/6hlZb2YHDX
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
The new CEO of the Broncos, George Patton, issued a statement.
“I feel that this team is a sleeping giant. For me, it is the right place and the right time for this opportunity. “
Statement from our new GM George Patton: pic.twitter.com/qkyZnbPY3x
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
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