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Browns lining up G.M. candidates

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The Browns are waiting to find out if Chip Kelly will be their next head coach, but that’s not stopping them from checking out possible general managers to team with Kelly or whoever else becomes their head coach.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Browns have requested permission to interview Vikings Assistant General Manager. George Paton. Glazer also reports that the Panthers have asked for the same permission and have a meeting set with Paton next week. Paton has been with the Vikings for six years and worked with their general manager Rick Spielman in Miami as well.

Paton passed on the opportunity to become the Rams’ general manager last offseason, choosing to stay with the Vikings after a promotion and, presumably, a bump in salary. Les Snead wound up getting the job in St. Louis.

In addition to Paton, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Browns have requested permission to interview 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Chiefs director or pro personnel Ray Farmer. Gamble has popped up as a candidate for several of the open jobs this offseason.

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7 Responses to “Browns lining up G.M. candidates”
  1. craigsconcept says: Jan 5, 2013 6:00 PM

    I would really like to see Tom Gamble as the Browns next GM.

  2. mrfrostyj says: Jan 5, 2013 7:33 PM

    Browns said they wouldn’t look for a gm until after they got a coach. If its not Chip Kelly someone is being named Browns coach in the next 24 hours.

  3. mullman76 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    Seems backwards.

    GM first. Then, new GM and Owner get together to discuss the direction of the franchise, assess the roster and determine which HC they want to target.

    If they move quickly to name a GM the latter should take no more than an afternoon meeting to accomplish.

    I think bringing in a college coach THEN hiring the GM is not the way to go…

  4. charman11 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:46 PM

    Yeah mullman but we ( the Browns) have tried that formula every other time and where have that gotten us. I’ll tell ya.. no where, zip, 1 playoff apperance in what 11 years. Let’s try something different i’d say. I’m all for it get Kelly signed!!

  5. ripster65 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:00 PM

    Well, considering they just fired their last one….that should go without saying but thanks for the heads up

  6. bodybysnake says: Jan 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    Char, the Browns have also attempted the hire Coach first THEN pick a GM formula far more times, each time with disastrous results.

  7. drstrangehawk says: Jan 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Looking like Chip Kelly could be the next Browns coach.

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