By HCR Staff | May 12, 2020
Recently, rookie Browns GM Andrew Berry claimed that in his view, Eagles GM Howie Roseman was the best GM in the NFL. Berry is an avowed ‘analytics’ guy, but his opinion clearly was subjective.
Notwithstanding that, he expressed to the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football show that “[w]ith Howie, I’ve said it before: I think he’s the best general manager, currently, in the sport. Very well-rounded skillset. I’ve taken a lot from in him, in terms of my approach to free agency, trades, general aggression with roster building, contract management, and then just overall people management and philosophy.”
That’s a strong recommendation for sure, but also revealing as to how Berry views the most important parts of his job – free agency, trades, roster building, contracts, etc.
We see the job encompassing those aspects, and more. But do we view Roseman as #1?
Here’s our current ranking (emphasis on current), based on our own subjective algorithm (which includes a panoply of factors beyond those listed by Berry):
Tier 1: Chris Ballard (Colts), Bill Belichick (Patriots), Kevin Colbert (Steelers), Howie Roseman (Eagles), John Schneider (Seahawks).
Tier 2: Brandon Beane (Bills), Eric DeCosta (Ravens), Mickey Loomis (Saints), Jon Robinson (Titans).
Tier 3: Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons), Chris Grier (Dolphins), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Jason Licht (Bucs), John Lynch (49ers), Ryan Pace (Bears), Rick Spielman (Vikings), Tom Telesco (Chargers), Brett Veach (Chiefs).
Tier 4: Joe Douglas (Jets), John Elway (Broncos), Dave Gettleman (Giants), Brian Gutekunst (Packers), Marty Hurney (Panthers), Steve Keim (Cardinals), Mike Mayock (Raiders), Bob Quinn (Lions), Les Snead (Rams).
Tier 5: Dave Caldwell (Jags), Bill O’Brien (Texans), Duke Tobin (Bengals).
Unrated: Andrew Berry (Browns), Kyle Smith (Redskins).