01/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 17:32
George Paton will not be the next Cleveland Browns general manager.
Paton has pulled himself out of the running for the Browns gig, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Friday, per a source informed of the decision.
Paton had a second interview in Cleveland earlier this week.
The Vikings assistant GM has been a hot candidate for several seasons but was reticent to leave Minnesota. Given the connection with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, the Vikings former offensive coordinator, Paton was considered a front-runner for the gig. In the end, Paton will stay put.
With Paton pulling out of the running, that leaves Eagles executive Andrew Berry as the front-runner for the Cleveland GM gig. Berry previously served as the Browns' vice president of player personnel from 2016-2018 before moving to Philadelphia.