The Cleveland Browns have hired their Vice President of Player Personnel in Andrew Berry, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Browns are hiring Colts pro scouting coordinator Andrew Berry as VP of Player Personnel, per sources. This is the Browns' top personnel job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2016
The Browns have since confirmed the hiring.
Although Browns owner Jimmy Haslam originally labeled the position as "general manager," the fact that they wouldn't have the final say of the 53-man roster made the title seem a little misleading. Haslam stated that the person's primary role would be "talent evaluation." Sashi Brown, the executive vice president of football operations, later clarified that it would actually be a "vice president of player personnel" position.
Berry, who is just 28 years old, should fit right in with the new braintrust in Cleveland, as he, like Brown and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, are all Harvard graduates. Berry has been with the Indianapolis Colts for the past seven years. From 2009-2010, he was a scouting assistant. In 2011, he became a pro scout, and was the team's pro scouting coordinator from 2012-2015.
The Browns interviewed many candidates for the position, but Berry's name had not come up in the media over the past several weeks. It is unclear when he first interviewed for the position, but I'm sure he's been at the Senior Bowl practices and will soon make the transition to being a part of the Browns organization.
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach with a diversity of expertise and proven track record of success, while I think Sashi and Paul are two of the brightest minds in all of professional sports. Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) have made it clear that they are committed to providing a winning team to the most passionate fan base in the NFL and this is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to building the perennial contender that Browns fans deserve."