Minnesota Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of a Minnesota Vikings helmet before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings hired Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Wednesday morning.

Adofo-Mensah was a finalist for the job with ex-Kansas City Chiefs executive of player personnel Ryan Poles, who was hired as the Chicago Bears’ new general manager on Tuesday.

Adofo-Mensah worked in the San Francisco 49ers’ football research and development department from 2013 to 2019 before spending the last two with the Browns, working under general manager Andrew Berry.

Cumulative PFF WAR generated by the 2020-21 NFL draft classes (non-QBs only)
Rank Team PFF WAR
1 Kansas City Chiefs 1.82
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1.50
3 Dallas Cowboys 1.48
4 Indianapolis Colts 1.46
4 Minnesota Vikings 1.46
6 Washington Football Team 1.31
7 New England Patriots 1.17
8 Cleveland Browns 1.15
8 Chicago Bears 1.15
10 New York Jets 1.11

The Vikings fired ex-GM Rick Spielman on Jan. 10. Spielman had served as Minnesota’s GM since 2012. The Vikings are also searching for a new head coach after firing Mike Zimmer on Jan. 10.

The Vikings' new GM now has a big job ahead of him in rebuilding a roster that had atrophied over the last four years, but he has been a big part of successful rebuilds in San Francisco and now Cleveland, deploying an evidence-based approach in both posts.

As part of a resolution passed in 2020, the Browns will receive a third-round compensatory pick in each of the next two drafts for losing Adofo-Mensah since he’s a minority executive.

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