Vikings promote Spielman to General Manager

Declaring that 3-13 is "unacceptable," Rick Spielman says he's ready to embrace the General Manager position for the Minnesota Vikings.
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Declaring that 3-13 is "unacceptable," Rick Spielman says he's ready to embrace the General Manager position for the Minnesota Vikings.

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