The Cleveland Browns have filled their vacant general manager opening, hiring Bel Air native Andrew Berry to lead their front office.
A Harvard graduate, Berry starred at quarterback at Bel Air High School alongside his fraternal twin, Adam, and was named an All-Metro second-team selection as a junior. Berry started four years at cornerback at Harvard, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and masters in computer science, and was named to the All-Ivy League team three times.
Berry was named Cleveland’s GM and executive vice president on Tuesday, returning to the team after a one-year stint in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office. Berry was the Browns’ vice president of player personnel from 2016-18, when the team went 1-31 over two seasons and was mired in dysfunction.
But owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam believe in Berry and will now align him with new coach Kevin Stefanski, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator hired earlier this month. Berry will be re-introduced at a press conference on Feb. 5 at the team’s facility in Berea.
Berry, 32, becomes the youngest general manager in the NFL and just the second active black general manager, along with Chris Grier of the Miami Dolphins. Berry is the sixth GM hired by Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam since 2012.
The Browns in January hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as its coach after interviewing several candidates, including Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
The Haslams are determined to have alignment between their coach and general manager after numerous failed tries at restructuring the Browns, who haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2002 and have been in nearly constant disarray. Berry was well-liked during his first stint with the team and the Haslams hope his connection with Stefanski finally brings needed stability.
The Browns have spent the past two weeks looking for a GM to replace John Dorsey, who resigned Dec. 31 after two years with the team. Dorsey rebuilt Cleveland’s roster during his tenure, but he fell from favor when he recommended Freddie Kitchens to be hired as coach a year ago and was asked to accept a reduced role after a 6-10 season.
During Berry’s first stay in Cleveland, the Browns went 8-39-1 while he served as the team’s vice president of player personnel. That run included a 1-15 record in 2016 and 0-16 in 2017.
The Browns interviewed Berry at their headquarters Jan. 17, when they also met with New England Patriots director of scouting Monti Ossenfort.
Berry had been with Philadelphia since last February. He left the Browns after Dorsey brought in assistant GM Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith after working with them in Green Bay.
Before joining the Browns, Berry spent seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, starting as a scout and eventually leading the team’s scouting department.