Paton spurns Rams to stay with Vikings

George Paton (PAY-ton) has pulled his name out of the running

for the St. Louis Rams’ general manager job to remain with the

Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings announced on Saturday that Paton is being promoted

from director of player personnel to assistant general manager.

Paton has been one of GM Rick Spielman’s most trusted advisors for

years. He worked with Spielman in Chicago and Miami before coming

to the Vikings in 2007.

Spielman was promoted to general manager earlier this offseason,

giving him full control of the football operations.

Spielman praised Paton’s ”work ethic, leadership,

professionalism and keen eye for identifying talented football

players” in a statement announcing that he would remain with the

Vikings.