Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Rams have entered contract negotiations with Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead to take over their vacant general manager position. Subsequent reports have indicated that Snead has accepted the position. Snead was considered one of two finalists for the job, but the other candidate, George Paton opted to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.
Snead replaces Billy Devaney, a former Falcon executive that was hired by the Rams in 2008, but fired after this past season. Snead first joined the Falcons in 1998, and was promoted in 2009. Snead was also a candidate for the vacant GM positions in Indianapolis and Chicago this year. No word from the Falcons on who will replace Snead, who in his former position acted essentially as an assistant to GM Thomas Dimitroff in directing both the college and pro personnel departments. But it is likely that assistant director of player personnel Lionel Vital could get a promotion.