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What is the path back to relevancy for the Denver Broncos as George Paton sees it?

Thoughts on what kind of GM George Paton will be and preparing for the offseason moves he might make and what they mean

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There isn’t going to be a lot that we are going to hear about right now from the front office of the Denver Broncos, but I imagine George Paton is one of the busiest men in the business right now.

He’s got a whole new team to familiarize himself with, a staff that has been working on the draft that he needs to understand, and oodles of decisions to be made about the short and long term future of the team, its players, and just what kind of offseason we are going to see in Broncos Country.

It is hard to know a lot about a GM who has never been a GM before, but I expect we will learn a great deal about what kind of leader he will be for the Broncos this offseason.

Does he think this team is only a few players away from being a contender?

Does he see the Broncos as needing a major overhaul on personnel with far too many holes to fill?

Salary Cap Decisions

Decisions at the top of the salary list of the Broncos are a good place to start:

  • Von Miller $22.125M, $4.125M dead money, $18M cap savings
  • A.J. Bouye $13.375M, $2.2882M dead money, $10M cap savings
  • Kareem Jackson $12.882M, $0 dead money, $13.375M cap savings
  • Jurrell Casey $11.874M, $0 dead money, $11.874M cap savings

Will the Broncos look for restructuring Von and Jackson?

Will Paton cut Bouye and Jurrell after an underwhelming 1st year with the team?

These 4 decisions will play heavily into the Broncos creating wiggle room with the salary cap needed to be involved in free agency in any big way.

What does Paton think of the QB situation?

This is all the talk and rightfully so. Persuing a big free-agent QB sends a pretty damning message about Paton’s thoughts on Drew Lock. Bringing in a middle-tier veteran for a QB competition points towards punting the QB decision until a new draft with a new coaching staff. Finally, standing pat shows Paton believes in the future of Drew Lock or at least in Fangio’s belief in Lock.

Keep an eye on the Justin Simmons decision as well

Paton has already said he believes in keeping top tier young talent which points toward them working out a deal for Simmons. But with a roster that many argue has a lot of holes, can the Broncos afford to sign Simmons to a top money deal?

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