Vikings: George Paton staying put

MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton is staying put in Minnesota.

According to two league sources, Paton has no plans to interview for either the New York Jets' or Chicago Bears' general manager openings and will be staying with the Vikings. That means general manager Rick Spielman will have his long-standing right-hand man for another year in Minnesota.

Paton was a finalist for the St. Louis Rams' GM job in 2012 before deciding to stay in Minnesota, and declined an opportunity to interview for the Miami Dolphins' GM job last winter. He had drawn early interest from the Jets, in particular, this offseason, but it appears he won't be pursuing outside opportunities for the time being.

The Vikings' assistant GM has spent eight seasons with the team, coming with Spielman to Minnesota after working with him in Miami and Chicago. He's been an integral piece of an aggressive draft strategy that's helped the Vikings land seven first-round picks in the past three drafts. Evidently, Paton is happy enough with his role in the Vikings' organization that he can choose to be selective when it comes to outside opportunities. And as the Vikings begin preparations for a draft where they hold the 11th overall pick, they'll apparently have Paton in the fold.