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Updated: February 11th, 2012 1:58pm
George Paton out of mix for Rams job, named assistant GM by Vikings

George Paton out of mix for Rams job, named assistant GM by Vikings

by Judd Zulgad
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George Paton is no longer in the running to become general manager of the St. Louis Rams.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that Paton has been promoted from director of player personnel to assistant general manager. Rick Spielman was promoted to the general manager position after the Vikings finished 3-13 this season.

The Rams had been pursuing Paton in recent weeks and he reportedly was among the two finalists for the job. Paton decided late Friday that he wanted to remain with the Vikings, according to the team's website.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Paton was scheduled to meet with Rams owner Stan Kroenke over the weekend and was considered the favorite for the position.

Paton's promotion might have come without the Rams' interest given his close relationship with Spielman. The two worked together with both the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins before being reunited with the Vikings five years ago.

"George has been an integral part of our personnel department since he arrived in 2007," Spielman told the Vikings' website on Saturday. "His work ethic, leadership, professionalism and keen eye for identifying talented football players will continue to be a major asset for our organization as we take on the challenges of competing in the NFC North and winning the Super Bowl."

The NFL Network reported Saturday that the Rams' other finalist, Les Snead, was leaving his position as the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel to become St. Louis' general manager. Snead will work with new Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who will have plenty of power himself.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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