Englewood, Colorado – The Broncos chose the new commander for their front office.
Denver has agreed to terms with George Patton to become the team’s new general manager, Bronco announced Wednesday.
Patton, who previously held the position of Vikings Vice President of Personnel Players / Assistant General Manager, became the 15th CEO in Broncos history.
“Early in the process, it became clear why George was such a desirable candidate for GM for so many years,” said Chief of Football Operations John Elway. “He is a proven evaluator who knows every detail of leading football operations. With his expertise in all aspects of the job – college and professional side, salary cap, deals, working with the head coach and bringing employees together – George is more than willing to succeed in the role. George has waited and worked for it. “We have had the right opportunity, which indicates that he is smart and serious about winning. We are very pleased to appoint George Patton as General Manager of Denver Bronco.”
Patton spent 14 seasons in Minnesota, including the last nine seasons as a General Motors team assistant. His most recent title was Vice President of Individual Player / Assistant General Manager in 2018.
“George is one of the most respected and experienced CEOs in the NFL,” said President / CEO Joe Ellis. “He is an authoritative and collaborative captain with a clear vision of building a championship team. Getting to know George over the past week, his intelligence, work ethic and leadership skills impressed us all. He has worked nearly 25 years in the NFL to prepare for this challenge, and we are very fortunate to have had George is our new General Manager. We are excited to welcome George, his wife Barbara, and his children Bella and Boo into the Broncos family. “
During his time with the Vikings, Patton worked closely with General Manager Rick Spielman to help build a roster that reached the playoffs in three of the past six seasons and won a couple of division titles since 2015.
“It is a great honor to be appointed General Manager of an iconic series with a starring tradition as the Denver Broncos,” Patton said. “This organization has great resources, tremendous people, a talented youth core of players and an outstanding coaching staff.
“In many ways, I feel this team is a sleeping giant. For me, it’s the right place and the right time for this opportunity.”
“During the process, I felt a real connection with Joe, John and Vic. I feel like at home. We share the same values in winning and doing things the right way.
“While it’s hard to leave the Vikings, the relationships I have enjoyed in Minnesota are lifelong. I’m really grateful to the Wolff family, Rick Spielman, Rob Brzezinski, Mike Zimmer, and the entire Vikings organization. Thank you for treating us like a family.”
“I believe in hard work, perseverance and not taking any short cuts to achieve our goals. Crafting and developing players is priority # 1. We will be aggressive – but not reckless – in adding talent to our list.
“Our family has heard nothing but cool things about Colorado, especially the passionate fans of the Broncos Country. Together with my wife Barbara and kids Bella and Beau, we are proud to call now our home country of Denver.
“I can’t wait to get to work. Get off the bronco!”
The Vikings participated in six playoff matches – with six different players starting – and won four titles in the gross league during Patton’s tenure in Minneapolis.