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Report: Browns hire Andrew Berry as GM

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Berry returns to Cleveland on a reported five-year deal.

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired Andrew Berry as general manager.

Berry will reportedly sign a five-year contract and have control over the 53-man roster. The Browns will reportedly announce the hiring later today.

Berry’s arrival means the Browns have achieved the organizational alignment that co-owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly wants from the franchise. Berry worked with current chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta in Cleveland from 2016 to 2018, and is familiar with head coach Kevin Stefanski from when the Browns interviewed Stefanski following the 2018 season.

Berry spent the past season with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team’s vice president of football operations. In that role, Berry was involved in scouting, contracts and strategy, according to NFL.com’s Adam Maya, which helped him build on his previous work with the Browns, where he was in charge of pro and college scouting.

The Browns were not the only NFL team interested in Berry, as Maya pointed out that the Carolina Panthers also wanted to interview Berry for an executive vice president role.

Before his first stint with the Browns, Berry spent seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, starting as a scouting assistant in 2009 and finishing his final four years with the team as the pro scouting coordinator.

In addition to Berry, the Browns interviewed Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton, who withdrew his name from consideration late last week, and New England Patriots Director of College Scouting Monti Ossenfort.

At age 32, Berry will become the youngest general manager in the NFL.