BEREA, Ohio – As Andrew Berry waited to be welcomed back as Cleveland's new general manager, his baby son, Kairo, let out a couple of cranky cries before settling down for a nap.
Later, his 2-year-old son, Zion, asked Berry if he could wear a helmet.
The Browns have turned to youth in their front office. Maybe this will work.
At just 32, Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history and he's returned to Cleveland after one season in Philadelphia to encounter some familiar problems with the Browns, who remain unstable, underachieving despite a talented roster and without a playoff appearance since 2002.
Berry said he returned to the team in part for a chance to work with new coach Kevin Stefanski, who was hired last month after 13 seasons in Minnesota. Stefanski's only 37, giving Cleveland a fresh, young duo of decision-makers the Browns hope can grow and thrive together for years.
“I am much older than Andrew,” Stefanski quipped, adding he missed his own kids after seeing Berry's.
Berry joked he didn't receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown. During that span, the Browns went 1-15, 0-16 and only made minimal improvement because of some poor drafts.
The team was often accused of “tanking” to get high draft picks and they used the No. 1 overall selections in 2017 and 2018 on star defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Baker Mayfield, respectively.