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Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as next general manager


Vikings hire Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as next general manager according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Adofo-Mensah will replace Rick Spielman, who had served as Minnesota general manager for the past 16 seasons but was fired at the end of the 2021 campaign.

According to ESPN, Adofo-Mensah’s contract will be for four years.

The new Vikings general manager has an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in economics from Princeton and Stanford, respectively, and he had several businesses on Wall Street before entering the NFL. Adofo-Mensah spent seven seasons as director of football research and development for the 49ers before spending the 2020-21 seasons with the Browns under general manager Andrew Berry.

Adofo-Mensah will be responsible for helping the Vikings hire a coach to replace Mike Zimmer, who was fired the same day as Spielman.

Earlier this week, the Vikings said they interviewed eight coaching candidates.

“As I said when we started the process, we want strong communicators, teachers and collaborators,” Vikings owner and chairman Mark Wilf said. “People who will establish a good culture, good footballing spirits, good people. Those are the kind of characteristics that we kind of look at over the interviews.”

49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who served as quality control and inside linebackers coach for the 49ers Adofo-Mensah’s last three seasons in San Francisco, was Minnesota’s final interview on Sunday.

Adofo-Mensah was also a finalist for the Bears general manager job, which went to former Chiefs general manager Ryan Poles.

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