Minnesota Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager


After spending the last two seasons with the Browns, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is changing careers.

The Minnesota Vikings hired Adofo-Mensah as general manager on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the hiring.

ESPN was first to report the news.

Adofo-Mensah had a second interview with the Vikings Tuesday.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry hired Adofo-Mensah in May 2020 as vice president of football operations.

Adofo-Mensah essentially served as Berry’s assistant general manager after working for the San Francisco 49ers as director of football research and development.

Adofo-Mensah played basketball at Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He later earned a master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University.

After a career in finance, Adofo-Mensah brought his analytical expertise to the San Francisco 49ers, working as head of football research and development from 2013-18. department for two years before joining the Browns.

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Browns to receive third-round draft picks after Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager

The Browns will receive draft compensation because the Vikings hired Adofo-Mensah.

In November 2020, NFL owners approved a resolution stating that teams that lose a minority coach or executive to a head coaching or general manager position at another club will receive a compensatory third-round pick. tour for two consecutive years.

The official resolution states that a team is eligible to receive draft compensation if a head coach or minority GM nominee “has been employed by the employing club for at least two full seasons.”

Although Adofo-Mensah’s two-year work anniversary with the Browns would have been in May 2022, he has spent two full seasons with the franchise.

Vice President of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah during training on September 8, 2021.

That means the Vikings signing Adofo-Mensah will allow the Browns to receive an additional third-round pick in this year’s draft and next year’s draft.

Adofo-Mensah and Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook were also recently interviewed for the Chicago Bears general manager job.

However, the Bears hired Ryan Poles as their new general manager on Tuesday, the team announced. Poles was the executive director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs and another finalist for the Vikings general manager job.


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