Now that the news is finally official, we're breaking down the five most important things to know about new Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry.
1) At just 32 years old, Berry is the youngest known person to hold the title of general manager in the NFL's history. Still, Berry brings no shortage of experience to the table, especially at a high level within multiple organizations. The Browns hired Berry in 2016 to be their Vice President of Player Personnel, a role he held until February 2019. He worked under and learned from two general managers, Sashi Brown and John Dorsey, while leading all talent evaluation efforts for the club, including college prospects and NFL free agents. He also helped in overseeing the club's scouting department and worked closely with other high-ranking members of the front office. Berry grew as an executive this past year working under longtime Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
2) Berry was a football player at Harvard, where he was a four-year starting cornerback and three-time All Ivy League selection. He gave the NFL a shot but ultimately never made a roster. From that point forward, Berry focused on another path to the league. He bypassed a job offer from Goldman Sachs for an entry-level position with the Indianapolis Colts. "Ever since I was little, I just loved football," Berry said in a 2017 interview with ClevelandBrowns.com. "I didn't know anything about scouting and personnel coming out of college, so I think it was more of a function of learning about what I would want to do in the profession because there was a part where I always thought that I would go into coaching … "I just felt the ability to build an entire football operation and construct a team from all facets — whether it's pro scouting or college scouting, the financial implications, the strategic implications — was just pretty cool," he said. "And really I've been happy with the decision since the day I started."
Andrew Berry named Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager
3) Berry began in 2009 as a scouting assistant with the Colts. By 2011, he was elevated to pro scout and took over as the pro scouting coordinator the following year.He worked with a Colts team that won four AFC South titles, made five postseason appearances and advanced to Super Bowl XLIV. During his time in Indianapolis, the Colts won 67 games, sixth-most in the NFL from 2009-15. With the Colts, his duties included managing the free agency process, scouting upcoming Colts' opponents, evaluating NFL players and players other professional leagues. He also assisted with college scouting, preparation for the NFL draft and participated in contract negotiations during free agency. "Andrew Berry is one of the brightest young men we ever had the pleasure of working with," Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian said in 2016. "He came to us very early in his career and very soon we realized he was on a fast track. I am not surprised the Browns hired him for this very important position. I assure you he has both the capacity and the will to do an outstanding job. The Browns have made, in my humble opinion, a great hire."
4) Berry's first stint with the Browns featured a massive overhaul of the team's roster. Cleveland made 33 selections in the three drafts Berry experienced. The Browns also made a number of trades, including deals that landed Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, safety Damarious Randall, veteran linebacker Jamie Collins and a slew of draft assets. During Berry's three seasons with the Browns, the team selected at least one Pro Bowler every year: LB Joe Schobert (fourth round, 2016), DE Myles Garrett (first round, 2017), CB Denzel Ward (first round, 2018) and RB Nick Chubb (second round, 2018).
5) Berry has never worked directly with new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, but the two have a history. They met 10 years ago at the Senior Bowl, introduced by then-Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and became closer last year during the Browns' coaching search. Berry was on the interviewing committee, and Stefanski went through multiple interviews. "I've always respected him for the way he's carried himself in this profession," Stefanski said. "Andrew is extremely knowledgeable and is always looking to improve himself. We share a vision on the type of team we need to build to have the success our fans deserve. I'm excited and very much looking forward to getting to work with Andrew and developing the type of partnership needed for sustained success."