The Vikings' head office is losing a longtime member of the organization after Vice President George Paton is reported to be the new GM of the Denver Broncos.

The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos and Paton have agreed to terms to make him the team's General Manager after Hall of Famer John Elway decided to step away from the day-to-day personnel operations and will take the title of president of football operations.

Paton has worked for the Vikings' organization for 14 years, during his time with the Minnesota Vikings the team made the playoffs six times, that includes two appearances in the NFC conference title-game in 2009 and 2017.

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Working closely with General Manager Rick Spielman, Paton oversaw the Minnesota Vikings' drafting, signing and developing 22 Pro Bowl players at 12 different positions since 2008. Spielman and Paton have worked together before the Minnesota Vikings, both worked in the personnel operations in Chicago and Miami.

Elway makes the move to president of football operations after a disappointing last five seasons of not making the playoffs, but with his 10 years as GM, Elway delivered five AFC West titles, two AFC crowns and one Super Bowl win to Denver.

Paton has had some opportunities to leave the Minnesota Vikings over the last several years but has stayed with the team until the right job and the right time came along, and I guess this Denver job was it. SKOL




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