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Will Cleveland exec be named Vikings GM now that Ryan Poles reportedly will take Bears job?

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The Vikings’ list of finalists for their general manager job appears to be done to one.

Ryan Poles, who was supposed to interview for the position on Wednesday, is finalizing a deal to become GM of the Chicago Bears, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Poles had been Kansas City’s assistant director of player personnel.

That means Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, the Cleveland’ Browns vice president of football operations, is the likely choice to be the Vikings’ GM. Adofo-Mensah, who has a background in analytics and has worked for the 49ers and Browns, was scheduled to meet with Vikings officials for his final interview on Wednesday.

Once the Vikings have a GM in place they will work on hiring a coach to replace Mike Zimmer. Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman were fired on Jan. 10.