Three days ago, we wondered aloud whether this was the year that the Minnesota Vikings finally lost Assistant GM George Paton.
Today, we have our answer, and unfortunately, it is a resounding yes. Per Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos have signed Paton to a six-year deal to be their new General Manager.
Broncos finalizing six-year deal with Vikings’ personnel man George Paton to become Denver’s GM, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2021
The Broncos recently “promoted” John Elway out of the position and were one of the several teams with an opening this season. Paton’s departure seemed nearly inevitable for the past several offseasons. As noted in our story earlier this week, Paton had also garnered interest with the Detroit Lions and new special adviser Chris Spielman (brother of Vikings GM Rick Spielman).
Paton has certainly put in his time to earn his new position in Denver. He has plenty of work ahead of him with the quarterback situation and other holes on the team that need to be addressed. But he certainly isn’t taking over a team that’s bereft of talent either, with some great talent on both sides of the ball.