GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah finalizes Vikings' front office with new VP hire

Sep 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General view of the Minnesota Vikings logo at midfield during a NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jordy McElroy
Vikings Wire

Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is finalizing his front office.

He’s going back to his roots with the San Francisco 49ers to do so — back to the days when he was serving as the director of football research and development — to give someone else the same opportunity Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown gave him two years ago.

Former 49ers research and development director Demitrius Washington joined the Vikings as vice president of football operations, the team announced Monday.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Demitrius join the Vikings front office,” Adofo-Mensah said via the team’s official website. “He is one of the most uniquely gifted people I have met in my time in the NFL. He is able to learn complex ideas, make them simple, and apply them in all facets of the organization. He has learned from some of the best minds in the game today and he will continue to flourish in his role with Vikings.”

Washington stepped into Adofo-Mensah’s role when the Vikings GM left San Francisco in 2020. Prior to the promotion, he served as an analyst in the football research and development department alongside Adofo-Mensah.

So his coming to Minnesota is a reunion of sorts between two individuals that know each other very well. Adofo-Mensah used the opportunity he received from Brown to earn a GM role in the NFL.

And now, he’s using it even further to pay it forward by giving another analytical mind the same opportunity.