The Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of Andrew Berry as their new VP of Players Personnel Wednesday night.
“We are fortunate to add someone of Andrew’s caliber to the Cleveland Browns,” said Sashi Brown. “Andrew has been part of a strong foundation in Indianapolis and possesses a tremendous understanding of what is needed to lead a successful, high functioning and comprehensive personnel group. He has been trained by some very experienced and highly successful personnel executives in the National Football League. Andrew understands what it takes to build a winning team and the individual traits that are essential in looking at each player that make up that team. Andrew’s strategic and relentless approach to improving his craft and this team will positively impact our short and long-term opportunities. We are excited to welcome him to Cleveland.”
“Andrew will be a great leader in our personnel department,” said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. “In spending time with Andrew, it is evident that he has a very strong understanding of the game. His substance and depth in his analysis of how to build a successful team and how he looks at individual players will be a great benefit to us moving forward. It is critical to not just rely on one individual but to have a leader in place that can bring together a comprehensive array of information from our talented and hard working group of scouts and raise the strategic level and success of our approach.”
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach with a diversity of expertise and proven track record of success, while I think Sashi and Paul are two of the brightest minds in all of professional sports. Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) have made it clear that they are committed to providing a winning team to the most passionate fan base in the NFL and this is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to building the perennial contender that Browns fans deserve.”
Adam Schefter reports that the Browns are hiring Colts pro scouting coordinator Andrew Berry as VP of Player Personnel.
The Browns have been working to fill this position for the past few weeks, and recent reports said that they were likely to hire someone at some point this week.
Cleveland reportedly considered a number of candidates including: Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey, Eagles’ director of pro personnel Rick Mueller, former Lions GM Martin Mayhew, former Falcons personnel executive Lionel Vital and Lions senior personnel executive Brian Xanders.
Berry spent the first two years with the Colts as a scouting assistant before being promoted to pro scout in 2011. From there, Berry received a promotion to the Colts pro scouting coordinator.