Report: Vikings’ George Paton poised to become Browns’ general manager

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After hiring former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as head coach, the Cleveland Browns might be going back to the Vikings to find their new general manager.

Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports Vikings assistant general manager George Paton is in Cleveland for his second interview with the team. If all goes well, Paton is expected to become the Browns’ general manager.

Cleveland fired general manager John Dorsey just days after firing head coach Freddie Kitchens. Now, it appears the Browns are finally going to have a head coach and general manager that are on the same page.

Reports emerged on Monday that Paton impressed in his first interview with the team and was quickly becoming the favorite. The veteran executive has spent the past 13 seasons in Minnesota’s front office and became a respected voice alongside general manager Rick Spielman.

Given Paton’s background in scouting and his relationship with Stefanski, it looks like he is destined to land the job in Cleveland. Stocked with a talented roster and the No. 10 overall pick, Paton could be in a position to turn the team around quickly.