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George Paton expected to interview with Colts Wednesday or Thursday

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A busy, and nerve-wracking week begins for 49ers fans.

The San Francisco 49ers are meeting with Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton this weekend, but he will be busy with the Indianapolis Colts before then. Sporting News columnist Alex Marvez is reporting Paton will interview for the Colts GM job on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Colts process is growing by the day, with USA Today NFL reporter Tom Pelissero tweeting that the Colts have submitted an interview request to the Kansas City Chiefs for Chris Ballard. The Chiefs shot down the 49ers request for Ballard, although we don’t know for certain if the Chiefs shot it down on their own, or if Ballard asked them to shoot it down.

The Colts are speaking to a host of GM candidates, but I would not be surprised if Jimmy Raye III ended up simply getting promoted into the job. The Colts have reportedly been speaking to Peyton Manning about a front office position with some potential chunk of ownership as a cherry on top. I would not be at all surprised to see him get some kind of President role, with a GM handling a lot of the day-to-day work. If that’s the case, and Manning has final say on roster decisions, an outside person might not be inclined to take the job since they might want more personnel control.

The next four or five days will be interesting to watch. Paton will have his two interviews, and then we will be left to wait and see how it shakes out for him. I would be pretty surprised if he ended up getting the Colts job. That does not mean the 49ers job is a sure thing, but my guess is that by the time the dust settles, the 49ers will hire Kyle Shanahan and George Paton.