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George Paton declines interview with Dolphins

The Dolphins’ list of general manager candidates is down one name.

When Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton’s name first landed on the Dolphins’ radar screen, it was believed he would speak to Miami about the position but things haven’t worked out that way. A league source tells PFT that Paton has declined an opportunity to interview for the job.

Paton worked in Miami earlier in the career, but it seems he likes his situation in Minnesota better than the prospect of replacing Jeff Ireland in Miami. Paton was in the running for the Rams G.M. job in 2012 and his name has come up in connection with other openings, although it appears it will be at least another year before he gets a move up the ladder.

The Dolphins interviewed Lions exec Brian Xanders this week and have interviewed five others for the job. There’s been no indication from the Dolphins if they’ll be moving on to further interviews with any of those candidates or first interviews with new names.