George Paton sticking with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings announced on their Web site that George Paton has been promoted to assistant general manager.

That means Paton, a finalist for the general manager job in St. Louis, is no longer in the picture for the Rams. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that it was Paton’s job to lose with the Rams and that he was in the finals mix with Les Snead, the director of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons.

Paton decided late Friday that he wanted to remain with the Vikings organization,” the club announced.

Paton, who is well regarded in NFL circles, will remain under Rick Spielman, who was recently given the title of general manager. Paton had been the director of player personnel for the Vikings.

“George has been an integral part of our personnel department since he arrived in 2007,” Spielman said on the team’s site. “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.”

Now, we'll see if the Rams act on Snead quickly. St. Louis was supposed to have the finalists meet with owner Stan Kroenke this weekend.

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