NFL rumors: 49ers exec poached by Browns for key front-office role


The Cleveland Browns found their new vice president of football operations from within the 49ers, according to and other reports Friday morning.

The Browns reportedly hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who spent seven years with the 49ers and for the past two years served as director of football research and development. Adofo-Mensah worked to develop and implement advanced methods of game strategy and personnel evaluations while with the 49ers.

The 49ers do not appear to be in a rush to fill Adofo-Mensah's position. He just completed his busy time of the year with player evaluations. Indications are that the club could promote from within the organization.

In his new role, Adofo-Mensah will work closely with Browns general manager Andrew Perry.

Adofo-Mensah, who grew up in New Jersey, earned a degree from Princeton in 2003 and a master’s in economics from Stanford in 2013. Before moving into football, Adofo-Mensah traded Energy derivatives as an Executive Director in the Credit Suisse Commodities Proprietary Group before taking a role as Associate Portfolio Manager at Taylor Woods Capital Group.

[RELATED49ers rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk's quiet confidence is game-changer]

The Browns also hired his former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson to a full-time role in the club’s personnel department, according to reports.

Listen and subscribe to the 49ers Insider Podcast:

Contact Us