Vikings request second interviews with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Ryan Poles for GM job

The Vikings have chosen two finalists for their open general manager job.

A source said Friday that the Vikings have requested second interviews with Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. They will come to Minnesota next week for interviews; Adofo-Mensah had a virtual interview Monday, and Poles had one on Tuesday.

The Vikings are seeking a replacement for Rick Spielman, who was fired by owners Zygi and Mark Wilf on Jan. 10 along with head coach Mike Zimmer.

Minnesota interviewed eight candidates for general manager. They were done virtually between last Sunday and Thursday.

The finalists have different backgrounds. Adofo-Mensah, 40, has worked more on the analytics side while Poles, 36, has more of a traditional scouting background.

Adofo-Mensah has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton and a master’s in economics from Stanford. He got his start as a day trader on Wall Street before serving as manager of football research and development with the San Francisco 49ers from 2013-16 and director of football research and development with the 49ers from 2017-19. He has been with the Browns since 2020.

Poles was an offensive linemen at Boston College who signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008 but did not make the team. He then was a recruiting assistant at Boston College from 2008-09 before joining the Chiefs in 2009. With the…

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