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Vikings appoint former 49ers executive as vice president of football operations


On Monday, Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah continued to bolster his front office team, as the team hired Demitrius Washington from the 49ers as vice president of football operations and strategy.

Washington had been in San Francisco for seven seasons, beginning his time there alongside Adofo-Mensah in the team’s football research and development department. Washington, who earned a master’s degree in business administration with a major in finance and analytics from the University of Missouri, worked on developing predictive and statistical analytics for the 49ers.

In Minnesota, Washington will have one of the most prominent roles in the team’s football administration department, which includes co-directors of player personnel Jamaal Stephenson and Ryan Monnens as well as senior football advisor Ryan Grigson.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Demitrius to join the Vikings front office,” Adofo-Mensah said in a statement. “He’s one of the most gifted people I’ve met in my time in the NFL. He’s 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 thrive in his role with the Vikings.”

• The Vikings signed former Temple linebacker William Kwenkeu, who was part of their mini-rookie camp this weekend. To make room on the roster, they released Tuf Borland, a former Ohio State linebacker who spent the last year on the Vikings’ practice squad.

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