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Vikings hire Browns' Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as next GM

The Vikings "have their next general manager" in the Browns' VP/Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, according to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. After bringing Adofo-Mensah to the Twin Cities for a second interview yesterday, the Vikings "finalized a deal with him on Wednesday morning," a source confirmed. The 40-year-old Adofo-Mensah "had been with the Browns since 2020, after working in a football research and development role for the 49ers for seven seasons." He graduated from Princeton with a degree in economics, and "worked on Wall Street trading energy derivatives and commodities before obtaining a master's degree in economics from Stanford in 2013, the same year he started working for the 49ers." With Adofo-Mensah in place, the Vikings will "quickly turn their attention to finding Mike Zimmer's replacement as head coach" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/26). In St. Paul, Chris Tomasson notes Adofo-Mensah becomes the "first Black man in the Vikings’ 61-year history to have the title of general manager" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/26). The move means there are now seven Black GMs in the NFL, including Ryan Poles (Bears), Martin Mayhew (WFT), Andrew Berry (Browns), Terry Fontenot (Falcons), Brad Holmes (Lions) and Chris Grier (Dolphins) (SBJ).

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