In the 2020 offseason, Broncos general manager and former quarterback John Elway stepped down and moved to President of Football Operations, meaning there was a vacancy at the GM position. The Broncos made their move quickly, signing George Paton to a six year deal as the new general manager.
Paton has spent 21 seasons as an NFL executive, he started in Chicago with the Bears as their assistant director of pro personnel. Paton then became the director of pro personnel in Miami, and served in the position from 2001-2006. Paton then became the assistant GM for the Minnesota Vikings, where he stayed from 2007 all the way to 2020.
Perhaps this signals that changes are coming as a new regime is inserted. Will Paton decide to keep Lock, or will they be moving on and tanking the whole operation? I think it will be a wild ride in Denver, and I am excited to see how it plays out.