Englewood, Colorado-John Elway and Denver Broncos want George Paton to become the team’s new general manager, so Paton’s salary is higher than that of Elway Longer in the same job.
The source told ESPN’s Adam Sheffert (Palm) that Paton has been with the Minnesota Vikings for 13 years and he agreed to be the general manager with the Broncos for six years. The Broncos announced Parton’s recruitment on Wednesday, but did not disclose specific terms.
Payton spent most of Tuesday in Denver, which was his second interview with team officials and returned to Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Elway had promised to find the “best person, best person” for the job. The Broncos also interviewed Terry Fontenot, general manager of the New Orleans Saints, assistant director of Chicago Bears player assistant Champ Kelly, Dave Ziegler of the New England Patriots, and college visitor Brian Stark of the Broncos.
In a statement, Elway said: “Early in the process, it became clear why George has been such a coveted General Motors candidate for so many years. He is an effective evaluator and he understands Leading in every detail of football.” “With his experience in all aspects of work, including universities and professionals, salary caps, industry, working with the head coach, and bringing employees together, George did the job Well prepared well. Working for the right opportunity shows that he is smart and earnestly winning the game. We are very happy to appoint George Paton as the general manager of the Denver Broncos.”
Payton and Fonteno were interviewed because the Saints were still in the playoffs. They were interviewed for the second time on Tuesday.
Elway, who has been the top football decision maker of the Broncos since 2011, announced on January 4 that he will withdraw from daily personal business, but will continue to serve as president of football business at least for the last year of his current tenure. contract.
Elway also said that he believes that the team’s current ownership dispute between Pat Paulson’s children will not affect the Broncos’ ability to ensure that he considers the best candidate. Payton’s six-year contract is likely to bridge any potential changes in the team’s ownership in the next few years.
Payton has the team lineup, free agents and draft picks. Since winning the Super Bowl 50, the Broncos have missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons and ended the game 5-11 last season.
The team faces the contract selection decision of guards Von Miller and Kareem Jackson, and Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons also plans to become the team’s unrestricted One of the free agents. The decision on the Broncos quarterback plan is also one of the most concerned issues for the Broncos.
The team has one of the youngest players in the league and has enough salary space to participate in the open market. In recent days, Elway and team president and CEO Joe Ellis have each promised that the new general manager will have “resources” to make improvements.
Parton said in a statement: “In many ways, I think this team is a sleeping giant. For me, this is the right place and the right time to get this opportunity.” “… Although it is difficult to leave the Vikings, the relationship I enjoy in Minnesota is lifelong.
Parton added: “…the selection and development of players is the number one priority. We will be aggressive, but it is not wise to add talent to our lineup.”
Over the years, Paton has been particularly strict in choosing the position of general manager. Last year, after Kevin Stefanski left Cleveland, Patton was shortlisted for the general manager position of the Cleveland Browns, but on January 24, 2020, two days after his interview, his name was removed from the competition. .
Parton was also sought after for his opening in Detroit-this cycle and the previous Detroit Lions hired former GM Bob Quinn-Green Bay, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets.
Parton is recognized as one of the top talent assessors among Viking personnel, and his departure left the front desk in Minnesota with a lot of vacancies. The current professional scout director Ryan Monnens (Ryan Monnens) may succeed Parton in this offseason.
Courtney Cronin of ESPN contributed to this report.