Ben Goessling of ESPN reports that Vikings assistant GM George Paton will, in fact, meet with the Colts regarding their GM position, despite the fact that he’s considered to be a front-runner for the 49ers’ GM vacancy.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Colts have sent out several requests to interview executives for their GM vacancy.
- According to Pelissero, the Colts are interested in speaking to Seahawks executives Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer.
- Pelissero also reports that the Colts have requested permission to interview Vikings assistant GM George Paton.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Paton, seeing as he’s one of the finalists for the 49ers’ GM position and there has been talk that candidates are concerned about not having control of the 53-man roster in San Francisco.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Colts owner Jim Irsay expects to interview four-five GM candidates for their vacancy with some of the interviews taking place at the Senior Bowl.
According to Rapoport, the expectation is that the Colts will interview some of the same candidates as the 49ers did in recent weeks.
Yesterday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that “pretty much every prospective general manager” has been eyeing the Colts’ GM position for two years now, given the fact that they’ll be able to assemble their team around QB Andrew Luck.
Pelissero mentions that a lot of the same candidates who came up in regards to the 49ers’ GM vacancy should be in play for the Colts including: New England’s Nick Caserio, Green Bay’s Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, Seattle’s Trent Kirchner and Minnesota’s George Paton. Another intriguing name to watch for the Colts, according to Pelissero, could be Falcons executive Scott Pioli.
Although, Rapoport mentioned that that Colts interim GM Jimmy Raye III is the “clear favorite” for the full-time GM position and if HC Chuck Pagano has a vote in the matter, he’s going with Raye as the team’s GM.
Irsay did, however, say that they will retain Pagano for the 2017 season. Although, there likely won’t be a mandate for the next GM to keep Pagano beyond next year.
We’ll have more regarding the Colts’ GM vacancy as the news is available.