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Vikings hire Browns' Adofo-Mensah as GM

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, according to a person with knowledge of the process, taking an innovative turn by bringing in an analytics expert from Cleveland's front office who once worked on Wall Street.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the Vikings had not yet announced the decision.

Adofo-Mensah, the vice president of football operations for the Browns for the past two years, was one of two finalists the Vikings identified from an initial pool of eight candidates.


Raiders ask to speak to Bucs DC Bowles

The Las Vegas Raiders have made a request to interview Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their head coach opening.

A person familiar with the search said Tuesday the Raiders made the request to speak with Bowles about filling the void left when Jon Gruden resigned in October. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing its candidates.


Eagles 3-time Pro Bowl G Brooks retires

PHILADELPHIA (AP) With great reluctance and more than a few tears, Philadelphia Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks announced his retirement Wednesday after 10 seasons in the NFL.

The 32-year-old Brooks, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, became one of the NFL's best guards after the Eagles signed him in free agency in 2016, he helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl four years ago.


Raiders CB Hobbs guilty of lesser charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced traffic charge stemming from his arrest early this month on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 22-year-old rookie did not appear in person while his attorney, Richard Schonfeld, submitted a written guilty plea to a misdemeanor - careless driving.


Browns' Mayfield on social media hiatus

CLEVELAND (AP) As he recovers from shoulder surgery, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to rest his thumbs as well.

Mayfield said he's going to take a break from "all social media for the foreseeable future."


LB Landry, RT O'Neill going to Pro Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry and Minnesota Vikings right tackle Brian O'Neill have been selected as injury replacements for the Pro Bowl.

The Titans and Vikings made the announcements Wednesday.


Ravens' Levine retires, gets coach role

BALTIMORE (AP) Anthony Levine announced his retirement Wednesday after a decade with the Baltimore Ravens.

The team said Levine will transition into a scouting and coaching role for the Ravens in 2022.


Garoppolo provides playoff highs, lows

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo's playoff performance is all anyone would need to understand the decisions the San Francisco 49ers made last offseason at quarterback.

The lack of downfield throws and handful of bone-headed plays explain why the Niners felt the need to trade three first-round picks to draft Garoppolo's eventual replacement in Trey Lance third overall.


New Giants GM Schoen talks process

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Rather than promise a quick turnaround, new general manager Joe Schoen promised to build the New York Giants the right way while keeping in mind he wants to see improvement every season.

The fresh-faced 42-year-old Schoen was introduced as the Giants general manager on Wednesday, taking over a team that has had five straight double-digit losing seasons and made the playoffs once since the 2011 season.


Bills GM Beane aims to continue progress

Brandon Beane just can't watch.

With the sting of his team's crushing playoff exit still fresh in his mind, Buffalo general manager Beane has been unable to muster the strength to re-watch the Bills' divisional round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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