We have some intra-divisional drama.The Packers requested permission to interview Vikings assistant GM George Paton for their GM job, but Minnesota declined the request, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter).
Typically, teams do not stand in the way of a coach or executive interviewing for a higher position elsewhere. However, teams can decline requests from other clubs while their season is in progress. The Vikings are exercising that right, presumably because they do not want to do any favors for the rival Packers.
Paton was a GM candidate for the Colts and 49ers openings last year before those jobs went to Chris Ballard and John Lynch, respectively. He was also asked to interview for the Chiefs when they surprised everyone by dumping John Dorsey in the summer, but he declined.
As shown in PFR’s GM Search Tracker, here’s where things stand in Green Bay:
- Russ Ball, vice president of football administration/player finance (Packers): To be interviewed; viewed as favorite?
- Brian Gutekunst, director of player personnel (Packers): To be interviewed
- George Paton, assistant GM (Vikings): Interview requested, permission denied
- Eliot Wolf, director of football operations (Packers): Interviewed on 1/4
- Doug Whaley, former general manager (Bills): Mentioned as candidate
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