April 24, 2014

NFL Report: Browns ask permission to interview Vikings’ George Paton

With Chip Kelly news at a standstill for the moment, you can add another name to the GM search for the Browns, according to Jay Glazer on Twitter earlier this afternoon:

George Paton (note: just one “t”, not two like the general) was promoted to the Assistant GM position with the Minnesota Vikings in February 2012. This is his sixth year in Minnesota and he has had a long relationship with team GM Rick Spielman. The Vikings improved from 3-13 in ’11 to 10-6 and a Wild Card berth in ’12.

Previously, Paton also spent six seasons with the Miami Dolphins as their Director of Player Personnel after beginning his post-playing days with the Chicago Bears organization.

Also on the Browns reported list at the moment: former Raiders employee Michael Lombardi, San Francisco’s Tom Gamble and Seattle’s John Idzik.

[Related: NFL Report: Lombardi already scouting free agents for Browns]

NFL Rumors: Browns interested in Seattle’s John Idzik for front office?

Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Browns, while focused on the head coach, might also be interested in a cap/negotiator for their front office.

Idzik comes from a football line. His father (also named John) won a Super Bowl as an offensive backfield coach when the Baltimore Colts won Super Bowl V.

Idzik’s duties in Seattle are described on the Seahawks profile page as follows:

With Seattle, Idzik oversees player negotiations, the team’s compliance with the NFL salary cap, player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, team travel and most aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations. In addition, he serves as the club’s primary liaison to the NFL Office and represents the club at League meetings.

It’s hard to say where Idzik might fit in because nobody has published an organizational chart of what Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam ultimately want. Is Idzik a player personnel / GM candidate or another candidate for an executive VP on the football side of things to assist Banner with the salary cap and contract negotiations?

[Related: Browns’ exhaustive coaching search is refreshing]