Browns Request Interview With Vikings’ George Paton

The Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant GM George Paton for their GM vacancy, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Paton worked in Minnesota with new Vikings head coach Kevin Stefanski, so he’d be a logical fit for the job.

Paton has been a prominent GM candidate in the last few offseason cycles, though he has also pulled his name from consideration on multiple occasions, including the Jets’ search that resulted in Mike Maccagnan‘s hire in 2015. Late last offseason, after the Jets canned Maccagnan, he rejected their offer to interview for the third time in his career.

When Paton said no to Gang Green, it was speculated that he was wary of the team’s internal discord and complicated power structure. The same could be said of the Browns, though his relationship with Stefanski could sway him. Indeed, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Paton will interview for the Browns’ gig.

On Monday morning, Colts executive Ed Dodds turned down the Browns’ invitation to interview. Meanwhile, former Browns exec and current Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry figures to be a top candidate.

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18 comments on “Browns Request Interview With Vikings’ George Paton

  1. sigmanj

    They should go after John Dorsey. He hired Andy Reid and built that Chiefs team and unbelievably he is on the street.

    • ehawks62

      nobody in their right mind should go to be Haslams and Wonder Boy Depodesta’s GM they will have little say in player personnel moves.

    • MajorLeague79

      Reid was hired before Dorsey. Dorsey was then fired because of his mismanagement of the salary cap.

  2. TJECK109

    Jeff Lunhow built the Astros, and he’s now looking for a job. What could possibly go wrong

  3. aias

    Every time there’s a Brown’s post, I have carnival music playing in my head in the background.

  4. sufferfortribe

    If certain people have nothing better to do than troll every Browns article, then they must have a very meaningless life.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Or perhaps the person who feels the Browns need to be defended from all troll activity has a very meaningless life.

      • sufferfortribe

        Uh, wouldn’t my defending them mean that I have a purpose in life?

        You lose again.

    • mcdusty49

      Dude the Browns are a stage 5 dumpster fire I hope you know that deep down…your constant defense of them is admirable but they just keep making the same type of hire over and over again to the same results…I really hoped for their sake that they would’ve brought in a proven veteran coach and GM, even if it had to be one in the same

      • sufferfortribe

        Yeah, I realize how bad they’ve been. But I also remember the days when they were good.
        I will continue to root for them because, win or lose, they’re my team. I am, and will always be, a true hardcore fan.

        Thank you for not being nasty in your reply. It’s nice for a change.

    • aias

      Or, people like saying anything about Cleveland sports and like Pavlov’s dogs you always respond as anticipated.

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