EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings are hiring Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Adofo-Mensah is the 10th person in franchise history to hold a general manager title and/or carry out the duties of the team’s GM. He comes to Minnesota after spending the 2020-21 seasons in Cleveland working under general manager Andrew Berry. At the same time the Vikings conducted interviews for their next general manager, starting with eight candidates before narrowing down their search to two finalists – Adofo-Mensah and Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles – the team also spoke with eight candidates for its opening at head coach, a candidate pool that contains five defensive coordinators and three offensive coordinators.
A resolution approved by NFL owners in 2020 states that a team that loses a minority executive or coach to a general manager or head coach position with another NFL franchise will receive a third-round compensatory pick for two consecutive years.