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Vikings hire Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations

Washington previously was manager of football research and development for the San Francisco 49ers.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah came from an analytics background. And now the Minnesota Vikings have added another analytics expert to the staff.

The Vikings announced Monday the hiring of Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations. He previously was manager of football research and development for the San Francisco 49ers.

Washington was with the 49ers the past seven years, and he worked with Adofo-Mensah in San Francisco from 2015-20. At the time, Washington was an analyst for the team’s football research and development department while Adofo-Mensah was manager and then director of the department.

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Adofo-Mensah left the 49ers in 2020 to be vice president of football operations for the Cleveland Browns. He was hired by the Vikings as general manager in January.

With the Vikings, Washington will help manage football operations while contributing to the executive team in decision-making.

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“We couldn’t be more excited to have Demitrius join the Vikings front office,” Adofo-Mensah said in a statement. “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 received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Arkansas in 2011 and a master’s degree of business administration from Missouri in 2014. He began his NFL career as an intern for the Browns from 2013-15.

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