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Reports: Browns hire Andrew Berry to be new general manager

Posted: 12:44 PM, Jan 27, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-27 12:54:09-05
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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to hire Andrew Berry to be the team’s general manager, according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport.

Berry, 32, who agreed to a five-year deal, according to reports, will be the youngest general manager in the NFL. He will also serve as the executive vice president of football operations.

Berry will be working with newly named head coach Kevin Stefanski, replacing John Dorsey, who the team “mutually parted ways with” in December.

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Berry is coming from the Philadelphia Eagles where he worked as the vice president of football operations. He was the Browns’ former vice president of player personnel from 2016 to 2018, as well as a pro scout, pro scouting coordinator and scouting assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, where he won four AFC South titles, made five postseason appearances and made it to Super Bowl XLIV.

Since 1946, the Browns have had 15 general managers, not including Berry. Berry joins Dorsey, Sashi Brown, Ray Farmer, Michael Lombardi, Tom Heckert, George Kokinis, Phil Savage, Butch Davis, Dwight Clack, Ozzie Newsome, Bill Belichick, Ernie Accorsi, Peter Hadhazy, Harold Sauerbrei and Paul Brown to hold the position with the Browns.

With the hiring of Berry, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam believe the team has found alignment, something they have been searching for since buying the Browns in 2012.

“If you looked at the other 31 teams, there are all kinds of different structures, but if you look at the successful organizations that are consistently in the playoffs year after year, there is alignment within the organization and they have the right people in the right place – coach and GM. That is what we are focusing on tremendously, and that alignment is something that is really, really important,” Jimmy Haslam said in a press conference prior to the hiring of Stefanski and Berry.

Berry and Stefanski and Paul DePodesta, the Browns chief strategy officer, all have Ivy League connections. Berry is a Harvard graduate and played cornerback for the Crimson. Stefanski is a Penn graduate and played defensive back for the Quakers. DePodesta, like Berry, is a Harvard graduate and played both football and baseball for the Crimson.

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BROWNS 2019 SEASON RESULTS

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16 (3-6)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7 (4-6)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · Browns 41, Dolphins 24 (5-6)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · Steelers 20, Browns 13 (5-7)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · Browns 27, Bengals 19 (6-7)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · Cardinals 38, Browns 24 (6-8)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · Ravens 31, Browns 15 (6-9)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · Bengals 33, Browns 23 (6-10)