DENVER (KDVR) — There was gratitude, excitement and the requisite orange tie—George Paton hit the ground running as the Denver Broncos new general manager today.
“We are going to make deals that are good for the Denver Broncos,” he said.
That’s generally been done through the draft. Paton has worked the last 14 of them as an assistant general manager with the Minnesota Vikings and had great success. No team in the NFL has produced as many Pro Bowlers as the Vikings over the last 10 years.
“We want to acquire as many picks as we can and build from within,” Paton said.
Paton was complementary of the Broncos draft classes of the past few years, a factor that was key in enticing him to Denver.
“There are a lot of pieces here, a lot of young players and a good situation with the salary cap,” he said.
One might think that there’s some urgency in contract situations with Von Miller and Justin Simmons, but Paton, a self-described ‘grinder,’ won’t do anything until he has the proper information.
“You have to meet with coaches and staff before you can develop a plan for the off season,” he told reporters during an introductory news conference Tuesday.
As for the inevitable question of Drew Lock, Paton said he liked Lock out of Missouri, but would need more time and data to evaluate. He’s already said that he wants competition at positions, but didn’t tip his hand on any possibilities of bringing in a veteran. DeShaun Watson, Matt Stafford and Ryan Fitzpatrick are all expected to be available this off season.