The Cleveland Browns decided to go in a new direction this offseason.
In January, the organization hired Andrew Berry as general manager and executive vice president of football operations.
This move made Berry the youngest general manager in the history of the NFL at 32 years old.
It’s not easy being a Cleveland Browns fan (the team hasn’t seen the playoffs since 2002), and the team is looking to turn their fortunes around.
They brought in Andrew Berry as general manager, and at 32 years old, he might just be the new perspective the team needs. pic.twitter.com/hGkhb9dqhK
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 25, 2020
He has not seen his first team take the field, but is already gaining respect throughout the league.
Berry reportedly polled quite well in a survey of anonymous NFL agents conducted by Ben Standig of The Athletic.
The survey covered a wide range of NFL topics, but perception and evaluation of the front offices was a focal point.
He hasn’t been a GM for long, but it appears agents already respect Berry.
Berry’s Career in the NFL
He went to Harvard and played football, but didn’t play at the professional level.
In 2009, Berry was hired as the assistant scout for the Indianapolis Colts.
He served as their pro scouting coordinator for the next six years.
The Browns hired Berry in 2016 as the vice president of player personnel.
The Philadelphia Eagles brought in Berry in 2019 as their vice president of football operations.
Then earlier this year Berry went back to Cleveland and has put together a fantastic offseason.
Berry’s First Offseason As GM
Sometimes it takes a little bit of time for a new front office to settle in, but that is not the case for Berry.
He came in and immediately started making big moves for the Browns organization.
Berry has already made some impactful decisions during his first year as general manager.
He began the revamping of the Browns offensive line by bringing in Jack Conklin and drafting Jedrick Wills with the No. 10 overall selection during the draft.
That’s not all, Berry signed Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper to the highest-paid contract in the league at that position.
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Berry also brought in Adrian Clayborn, Case Keenum, and Karl Joseph to add some veteran leadership to the team.
Those weren’t even all the moves as Berry has been an extremely busy man this offseason.
The Browns organization is in a much better place ever since Berry took over a few months ago.
Why Do Agents Love Berry?
He hasn’t been around the league for long, but Berry is already respected by many agents.
“I think (first-year general manager) Andrew Berry is a great mind. On a personal level, I like him. We have great conversations. I just think the way he deals with people, his football knowledge,” said one agent.
Berry’s fantastic offseason helped him collect the third-most votes for the NFL team having the best offseason.
The only teams that ranked higher were the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That’s not all, Berry also got the third-most votes for the most trustworthy GM in the league.
It’s quite surprising that a first-year general manager is already this well-liked around the NFL.
The Browns roster looks as stacked as ever and it appears the organization is in great heads with Berry in charge of the team.