Browns ‘outside excited’ as their VP of Football Operations named Vikings GM

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The now former vice president of Football Operations for the Cleveland Browns has been named General Manager of the Vikings on Wednesday.

The Browns said they are “more than excited” for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who spent two seasons with the team as VP.

In a bittersweet statement, the Browns called Adofo-Mensah “one of their most trusted, collaborative and intelligent members of their front office.”

Adofo-Mensah came to Cleveland in 2020 under Football Operations EVP Andrew Berry.

The team said Adofo-Mensah has “helped the Browns build one of their most successful teams in more than three decades. He oversaw talent evaluators and the analytics team, gathering information to influence decisions on all roster transactions, which has helped Cleveland record 19 wins over the past two seasons, the most in a two-year period since 1988-89. ”

“However, Berry has always known that Adofo-Mensah could eventually progress to a CEO position as he continued to grow with the Browns, and that opportunity for Adofo-Mensah has come in Minneapolis,” the Browns said.

“We are extremely pleased that Kwesi has been named General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings,” said Berry. “Kwesi’s infectious energy, critical thinking skills, collaborative spirit and expertise in football operations and player personnel have made a lasting impression here in a short period of time. Those same qualities will make him an exceptional leader, problem solver and grid architect for the Vikings.”

Adofo-Mensah was selected to join Berry’s staff after spending seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, where he held various roles in their football research division and became a trusted voice in their own front office. He was with the 49ers when they advanced to the Super Bowl in 2020, and his knowledge and insight appealed to Berry and translated well to the Browns after bringing him to Cleveland — the Browns went 11-5, finished an 18- year-old playoff drought and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time in 27 years in the 2020-21 season, the first under Berry’s regime.

The impact of the Browns Adofo-Mensah on the Browns was felt by everyone, including Head Coach Kevin Stefanski who spent 14 seasons with the Vikings before the Browns hired him in 2020.

According to the Browns, Stefanski believes that Adofo-Mensah deserves it for his next role.

“I enjoyed getting to know Kwesi and working with him for the past two years,” Stefanski said. “He has worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and the Vikings are getting an outstanding person who will be driven to build a winning culture. Kwesi has been a great resource to me and our technical staff and he will do everything in his power to establish a process within the Vikings organization that will lead to success.”

The Browns said the team will receive two third-round compensatory picks — one in 2022 and the other in 2023 — as a result of the hiring of Adofo-Mensah in accordance with a policy the NFL implemented in November 2020 for teams that developing coaches for minority groups and front teams. – office workers.

“However, before the policy was drafted, Berry made it clear that he appreciated a diverse front office, one that welcomed people from different perspectives and different backgrounds to ensure his team included as many points of view as possible,” the Browns said. “He hoped that each of the front office members would also have promotion opportunities elsewhere in the future.”

“Everyone is not a copy of each other – they bring different perspectives, different experiences, different points of view, and that’s what will drive us to make better decision-making,” Berry said in May 2020. “We’re going to really consider all the different perspectives and appreciate. she. That was a specific target because I think that just helps us to be a better, higher quality football organization.”

“Now, after two seasons of quality assistance from Adofo-Mensah, Berry’s goals are being met, and he is confident that Adofo-Mensah will succeed in Minnesota,” the Browns said.

“While we are sad to see him leave, we are proud of the person and leader that Kwesi is,” said Berry. “We wish him and his fiance Chelsea nothing but the best for the future.”

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