The Minnesota Vikings hired Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah to serve as the team’s general manager, the team announced. The New Jersey native replaces Rick Spielman, who had spent 16 years within the organization, including 10 as general manager. 

Adofo-Mensah had completed two interviews with Minnesota and one with Chicago prior to being hired. One of his first responsibilities will be to hire a head coach after the Vikings parted ways with Mike Zimmer. 

The Princeton graduate completed his bachelor’s degree in economics before receiving his master’s degree from Stanford. In 2013, he was hired by San Francisco to serve as the team’s manager of football research and development. He was there until accepting a position under Browns general manager Andrew Berry in 2020. Over the past two years, Adofo-Mensah has played an integral role in the rejuvenation of the Cleveland franchise. Following the team’s first postseason victory since 1995, injuries derailed potential repeat production, and the season concluded with an 8-9 record.

Adofo-Mensah is regarded as an analytics-forward football executive but chooses to look at it from a more tangible angle.

“We are trying to win on the margins, and so we are trying to extricate every little winning possible advantage we can find across football operations and use the evidence to support that,” he explained in 2020. 

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