Following a 3-13 season, many wondered if it was wise to promote Rick Spielman to General Manager without exploring outside options.  Once again, the Wilf family has opened up their wallets, however, to keep the staff they have in place.

Director of Player Personnel George Paton has been one of many candidates interviewed for the General Manager position in St. Louis.  According to some reports the Rams had narrowed their search down to two guys and Paton was one of them.  Some other reports suggest that Paton actually got offered the position, but instead he opted to stay with Minnesota.

Deciding to stay with the Vikings was probably made easier by their willingness to promote him to Assistant General Manager. 

Rick Spielman has worked with Paton not only with the Vikings, but also in their time spent in Miami and Chicago.

“George has been an integral part of our personnel department since he arrived in 2007,” Spielman said. “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.”

Les Snead, from Atlanta, is now going to assume the role of General Manager in St. Louis.