George Paton agreed to terms to become the general manager of the Denver Broncos, the team announced Wednesday.
Multiple media outlets reported that Paton agreed to a six-year deal.
Paton takes over the post formerly held by Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway, who remains the team’s president of football operations.
“Early in this process, it became clear why George has been such a coveted GM candidate for so many years,” Elway said in a statement. “He is a proven evaluator who knows every detail of leading football operations. … George has waited and worked for the right opportunity, which shows that he is smart and serious about winning. We’re thrilled to name George Paton as general manager of the Denver Broncos.”
Paton spent 14 years with the Minnesota Vikings, including the last nine as assistant general manager under Rick Spielman.
Paton will attempt to shake up the Broncos, who limped to a 5-11 record this past season. They have yet to return to the playoffs since posting a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
“It is an honor to be named general manager of an iconic franchise with a championship tradition like the Denver Broncos,” Paton said. “This organization has great resources, tremendous people, a talented young core of players and an outstanding coaching staff.
“In many ways, I feel like this team is a sleeping giant. For me, it is the right place and the right time for this opportunity.”