Cleveland Browns: George Paton most qualified for GM job

When considering George Paton for the vacant Cleveland Browns general manager’s job, it should be an easy choice. Here’s hoping he picks Cleveland.

As the Cleveland Browns continue their search for a general manager, George Paton’s name may be turning into the cream that’s rising to the top of the candidate coffee.

Frankly, the Browns should be so lucky because Paton, who is the Vikings assistant GM, is the most qualified candidate in the running.

Even Paul DePodesta is playing coy regarding Paton coming back to town to talk about the GM job.   If Paton is indeed returning for a second interview, this could be meeting that seals the deal.

In considering Paton, forget about his connection to Kevin Stefanski. Paton should be the front runner in a field that also includes Andrew Berry  and Monti Ossenfort, New England’s director of college scouting .

No team is without misses, but the Vikings have been relatively successful in the early part of the drafts, which is a feather in Paton’s cap. Plus, he’s managed employees during 13-year with the Vikings. Vikings always tended to draft wellPaton, of the Minnesota Vikings,

While there’s only 32 coach and GM jobs, the Browns have a pretty ugly reputation, so you’ve got to figure with the Browns not exactly being the cradle of stability, it’d be easy for Paton to pass on working at The Factory of Sadness.

Stefanski’s presence, however, may be why Paton is giving the Browns, the time of day. The veteran front-office man has turned down several interviews with other teams over the years.

GM opportunities become available, but the trouble comes when you’re looking for your second job. Ask Phil Savage or Scott Pioli. These gentlemen had big-time credentials when they took their jobs. It didn’t work out at their first stops, and well, they haven’t been hired as GMs since.

The point is that if Paton, who has been sought after before, is to finally leave Minnesota, it’s got to be for a good opportunity.

Berry seemed to be the front runner for the gig, but with Paton in play, the choice is clear as to whom the Browns should hire.

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