Les Snead, the Falcons former director of player personnel, accepted the general manager position with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
The Rams are expected to announce the decision on Monday. George Paton, who was a finalist with Snead, was promoted to assistant general manager with the Minnesota Vikings.
Snead was interviewed by the Rams early in January. The Rams won the derby to hire Jeff Fisher as their head coach. Fisher then focused on hiring his coaching staff before the franchise moved back to its general manager search. In their process, the Rams are known to have interviewed nine candidates.
Snead had a second interview with the Rams on Feb. 1 so that he could interview with Fisher.
Paton and Snead were expected to meet with Rams owner Stan Kroenke this weekend.
Snead broke into the NFL as a scout with Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin. He has been with the Falcons for 13 years and is considered one of general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s top lieutenants.
Ironically, Snead will replace another former Falcons official in Billy Devaney. He was terminated from the Rams post after last season.
Here’s the team’s bio on Snead:
Les Snead begins his 13th season with the Falcons personnel department and the third under his title of director of player personnel. Snead oversees both the college and pro scouting efforts and works closely with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also plays a day-to-day role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster and provides salary value analysis of all player acquisitions, while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.
Snead came to Atlanta from Jacksonville, where he worked in the pro scouting department for the Jaguars from 1995-97. In his career, he has participated in one Super Bowl appearance (with the Falcons) and three Conference Championship Games.
Les played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team in 1993.
He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his college career. This 39-year-old native of Eufaula, Ala., was a graduate assistant at Auburn after his playing days were over. Snead also was an administrative assistant of football operations at his alma mater in 1995.
He holds a bachelors of science degree in Psychology and planned to attend medical school until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. While working as a graduate assistant he received a Master’s of Education degree.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog