The Cleveland Browns were a playoff favorite on paper entering last season after adding Odell Beckham, Jr. and more pieces to their defense. However, the strongly underwhelmed, going 6-10. However, they are looking to step it up going into this current offense by hiring their newest general manager (GM).
Over the weekend, the Browns announced Andrew Berry to be their new GM. Not only is Berry a Black man, he is the youngest (32) GM in the history of the NFL to be hired to the post. In addition to being the GM, Berry will also serve as the executive vice president of Football Operations, giving Berry a ton of influence and control over personnel decisions for the team. Berry joins Chris Grier of the Miami Dolphins as only the second Black GM in the league currently. The most Black GMs the league has had in one year is seven.
Before joining the Browns, Berry was with the Eagles as the vice president of Football Operations and prior to that, he had another stint with the Browns as the vice president of player personnel in 2016, being involved in all aspects of talent evaluation for the team.
During the press conference, Berry said, “I’m honored and blessed to lead the Football Operations of the Cleveland Browns. I’m appreciative of the Haslam family for entrusting me to be a steward of a franchise that is so rich in tradition and history. The passion for football courses through the veins of Northeast Ohio in a manner that is unique to that of any other region. Our fan base’s devotion to the Browns is the catalyst for such affection for the sport.”
Berry has plans to be extremely aggressive in roster moves to improve the team, getting them to compete in the AFC North for a playoff spot. He wants to have the right 53 men on the roster, get to know the players on a personal level, and push his agenda on every avenue that will lead to a competitive advantage. He said, "We are not going to be defined by one approach or one area. Anywhere that we can gain an advantage on our competitors, we are going to really put the pedal to the floor."
Congrats Andrew! Continue to make history and break barriers.