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Vikings assistant general manager Paton to interview with Colts

Vikings assistant GM George Paton plans to interview with the Colts about their vacant general manager position, a source confirmed.

Paton, who has been Rick Spielman’s right-hand man here in Minnesota since 2006, is also a finalist for the open GM job with the 49ers. He has been scheduled to meet with the 49ers for a second interview.

The Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson over the weekend but have retained coach Chuck Pagano. The presence of star quarterback Andrew Luck will make Indianapolis an attractive destination for GM hopefuls.

Indy’s interest in Paton should create leverage for the UCLA graduate if he prefers to return to California to help turn around the 49ers.

Despite disappointing 2016 season, Anthony Barr going to Pro Bowl

A few weeks ago, coach Mike Zimmer admitted that in his disappointing third NFL season Anthony Barr had showed “a tendency to coast.”

Now the outside linebacker is somehow coasting to the Pro Bowl.

With Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley excused from participating in the annual all-star game because his team made it to the Super Bowl, Barr has been named his replacement. It will be the second straight Pro Bowl nod for Barr, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Last year, Barr was one of the NFL’s top linebackers. This year, he played nearly every snap on defense but was nowhere near as impactful, causing Zimmer to note four weeks ago that “he can do a lot better.”

Barr is now the sixth player from the Vikings to be invited to the game, which will be played in Orlando this upcoming Sunday. Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen and Cordarrelle Patterson were initially selected to play and Linval Joseph, like Barr, got in as an alternate.

Final, 2/7 1 2 3 4 F
Carolina 0 7 0 3 10
Denver 10 3 3 8 24

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