Browns reportedly eye Vikes George Paton for GM job

Paton met privately with team officials Saturday

Daryl Ruiter
January 20, 2020 - 1:45 pm
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – As the Browns search for a general manager is about to enter its second full week, there appears to be a leader in the clubhouse.

Vikings vice president of player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton is expected to meet with Browns officials for a second time this week according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Paton interviewed Saturday.

The Browns have not confirmed Paton interviewed for the job, but he was on their list of candidates to speak with upon the hire of new head coach Kevin Stefanski last week.

Paton, who is close with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman having worked with him previously in Chicago and them Miami, worked with Stefanski in Minnesota for 13 years and has over 20 years of talent evaluation experience on his resume.

Paton has been difficult to pry away from Spielman and the Vikings over the years, turning down multiple GM offers from teams. 

Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry and Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort interviewed for the job on Friday.

Berry served as a vice president of player personnel for three years from 2016-2018 with the Browns before joining Philadelphia’s front office last year.

Ossenfort worked his way up from personnel assistant to area scout, national scout and assistant director of college scouting over 15 seasons with the Patriots.

Stefanski remains in Cleveland this week as the Senior Bowl takes place this week in Mobile, Alabama while the GM search continues.