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Vikings conclude interviews with General Manager candidates

Getting near the end of the process

Cleveland Browns v Minnesota Vikings John Autey / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Minnesota Vikings dismissed Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, and it appears that at least part of the process of replacing them will soon be reaching a conclusion.

The Vikings have completed their interviews with all eight general manager candidates that they had requested interviews with. If your memory needs refreshing, here’s who they interviewed for the job.

This first round of interviews was conducted virtually, and unless I miss my guess there will be in-person interviews for the people that the team is most interested in hiring here in the very near future.

So far this offseason, none of the teams with GM openings (Minnesota, Chicago, New York Giants, and Las Vegas) have hired anyone to fill that role. There have yet to be any new coaches hired by the teams that have openings there, either. I’m assuming that means that the process to hire a GM. . .which Mark Wilf had said was the team’s first priority this offseason. . .will be done relatively soon here so the process of finding the team’s next head coach can get underway in earnest while all the leading candidates are still available.

The team has already had a handful of head coaching interviews, but whoever they hire as their new GM will obviously have some input into how the rest of the process is handled.

So, hopefully, we’ll be seeing a new leader in the front office with the Vikings here relatively soon so they can start guiding the team through the 2022 offseason and into the NFL Draft. Once the proverbial white smoke starts rising from Eagan, we’ll let you know what the verdict is.

Poll

Of the candidates interviewed, who would you like to see become the Minnesota Vikings’ new General Manager?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Browns VP of Football Operations
    (407 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Brown, Eagles Director of Player Personnel
    (35 votes)
  • 0%
    Glenn Cook, Browns VP of Player Personnel
    (28 votes)
  • 17%
    Monti Ossenfort, Titans VP of Football Operations
    (764 votes)
  • 37%
    Ryan Poles, Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel
    (1660 votes)
  • 14%
    Catherine Raiche, Eagles VP of Football Operations
    (616 votes)
  • 9%
    John Spytek, Buccaneers VP of Football Operations
    (396 votes)
  • 10%
    Eliot Wolf, Patriots Executive
    (473 votes)
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