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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 last 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.


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.


Payton resigns as coach of Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Before Sean Payton took his first head coaching job in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints had a grand total of one playoff victory since their founding in 1967.

The standard will be considerably higher for the next head coach in the Big Easy.


Bears hire Chiefs' executive Poles as GM

CHICAGO (AP) Ryan Poles made the Chicago Bears this time.

Poles was hired as Chicago's general manager on Tuesday, almost 15 years after he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent and then failed to make the final roster.


Titans' Landry added to Pro Bowl roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry is replacing Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers at the Pro Bowl because of an injury.

The Titans announced the change Wednesday.


Bills' Daboll, Giants have 2nd interview

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll seemingly has become the front-runner for the vacant New York Giants' head coaching position.

Daboll got his second interview for the job in five days when he spent Tuesday with co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, new general manager Joe Schoen and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara at the team's headquarters. The 46-year-old also was interviewed Friday on a video conference call.


Rodgers: Eventual retirement to be final

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he can't envision coming out of retirement once he ends his playing career.

Rodgers has said he hasn't decided whether to return to the Packers, pursue a trade or retire. The three-time MVP went into more details about his future Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show" on YouTube and SiriusXM.


NFL to host vax clinic at Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NFL is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Super Bowl Experience, the league announced Tuesday.

The clinic will be located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center and appointments are encouraged. Fans who receive any dose of the vaccine at the clinic will receive a free ticket to Super Bowl Experience. Tickets are redeemable on the day the vaccine is given or for a future date that the interactive football theme park is operational. Fans ages 5 and up will be eligible to receive a vaccination.


Divisional round averages record viewers

NEW YORK (AP) The four NFL divisional round playoff games had the highest average viewers on record with 38.2 million tuning in on television and digital platforms.

Every game over the weekend came down to the final play. Besides it being the highest average for the divisional round since Nielsen started keeping track of viewer averages in 1988, it was a 20% increase over last year and up 12% compared to two years ago.

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