The Denver Broncos just completed another successful off-season, marked by the acquisition of a tectonic quarterback trade, several high-profile free agent signings, and nine draft players. With all that work in the books, GM George Patton finally had time to catch his breath.
With a rush of extra oxygen flooding his bloodstream, Patton stepped out and pounced on a Vikings front office asset in Minnesota from underneath. Wednesday, 9 newsMike Cleese reports that the Broncos have hired Reed Burckhardt as their player personnel manager.
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The Vikings are still in their infancy after Rick Spielman but they wanted to keep Burckhardt everywhere. Patton offered a promotion and after working with him for more than a decade (before joining the Broncos), Burkhart, who was the Vikings’ director of the professional scouts, turned down Minnesota and transferred his talents to Mile High City.
Burckhardt joins a very good front desk as Patton leads at the top, followed by Assistant General Manager Darren Mogge, Director of Professional Personnel AJ Dorso, and Director of College Scouting Brian Stark. Burckhardt is the latest of several employees Patton has appointed to the Broncos front office since he first arrived at GM in January of 2021.
Burckhardt is not the first former CEO of a Vikings front desk. Notable appointments at Patton include director of football operations, former Minnesota group Kelly Klein, as well as senior executives Roman Pfeiffer.
Patton remade the Broncos front office in his own image and early returns speak to the effectiveness of his hiring moves. The Broncos may have won just seven games last year, but Button was saddled with lame ducks on Vic Fangio as head coach.
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However, Patton’s First Draft category was quite prolific, earning him the Most Desirable Project award for 2022 (based on 2021). Button then made a huge impact in the NFL world by organizing the Russell Wilson trade, which immediately catapulted Denver to the top of the league’s strength rankings.
The Broncos are now a force to be reckoned with. And while Button’s 2022 draft wasn’t immediately fueled with rave as it was the first time around, time will tell about the quality of each pick, just like last year.
So who is Burckhardt? Claes reports.
A former South Dakota State reserve quarterback, Burckhardt has spent the past 13 years with the Vikings — nearly a dozen of them while working with Button — and was most recently the professional scouting manager. Although the Vikings had repaired most of their front desks out of season, they wanted to keep Burkhart. Instead, he gets a cool Broncos promotion and the chance to be reunited with Paton.
If Patton leads this team on a big chase game, it’s safe to say the Broncos are now bear-loaded.
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