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Colts reach agreement with Grigson to be next G.M.

Colts owner Jim Irsay met with a large number of the best young personnel men in the NFL, and it looks like he’s chosen his favorite.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Colts plan to hire Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson, 40, to be their next general manager. Grigson visited the Colts for a second interview Tuesday.

He reportedly has an agreement in principle in place, with lawyers finalizing the contract. Schefter says Grigson could be introduced as early as Wednesday.

Grigson spent nine seasons in Philadelphia including two as the director of player personnel. A product of Purdue University, Grigson was a sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 1995. His career was cut short by a neck injury suffered in the CFL in 1997.

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32 Responses to “Colts reach agreement with Grigson to be next G.M.”
  1. Rockets GM says: Jan 11, 2012 8:36 AM

    He’s from Indiana, played at Purdue and young… Hoosiers will welcome him with open arms.

  2. kmdp4 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:37 AM


    Will call the shots this guy will have no real power.

  3. factoryofsadness says: Jan 11, 2012 8:37 AM

    I prefer the 1980’s where we didn’t even have this position. Owner–Coach–Players…Plain and simple. When football was just football.

  4. 4ever19 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:38 AM

    You might have liked someone with more experience. Is this hire the result of Irsay tiring of butting heads with his “football guy” (Polian)?

  5. Gordon says: Jan 11, 2012 8:39 AM

    He looks like he should be playing on the O-line, not a GM.

  6. yamchargers says: Jan 11, 2012 8:47 AM

    The owner coach player model is alive and kicking in Dallas and only recently departed in Oakland, so if you like self inflicted pain just be a Dallas/Jokeland fan!

  7. packattack1967 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:49 AM

    Looks like a guy at the end of the bar.

  8. 6250claimer says: Jan 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    His career was cut short by a neck injury? And he’s going to be the Colts’ GM? How ironic is THAT??!

  9. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 11, 2012 8:51 AM

    Sweet Polo he’s sportin… Just like all the top executives…

  10. tatatoothy says: Jan 11, 2012 8:52 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 11, 2012 8:37 AM

    I prefer the 1980′s where we didn’t even have this position. Owner–Coach–Players…Plain and simple. When football was just football.

    Yeah, because that formula continues to work in the new millenium, right?

    Al Davis, Mike Brown, Jerry Jones … you Dufus!

  11. turtlehut says: Jan 11, 2012 8:53 AM

    “factoryofsadness says:
    “Jan 11, 2012 8:37 AM
    “I prefer the 1980′s where we didn’t even have this position. Owner–Coach–Players…Plain and simple. When football was just football”

    factoryofsadness has a short memory or is not a Colt’s fan. Look at the Colt’s record in the 80’s with only 2 winning seasons at 9-7
    80 7-7
    81 2-14
    82 0-8-1
    83 7-9
    84 4-42
    85 5-14
    86 3-13
    87 9-6
    88 9-7
    89 8-8

  12. chuckbednarik says: Jan 11, 2012 8:56 AM

    his career was cut short by neck injury in the CFL? The same way my NFL career was cut short by a knee injury during a pick-up basketball game at the YMCA?

  13. turgidsen says: Jan 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    Congrats Indy you just got Matt Millen’s twin

  14. how887 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    Hey maybe he will draft a play making linebacker.

  15. adderalljack says: Jan 11, 2012 8:59 AM

    “..Career cut short by a neck injury…”


  16. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 11, 2012 9:00 AM

    I got lots of thumbs down last time I posted this, but he’s going to be a figure head. Watch how much more involved Irsay becomes. He’s going to pull the strings from behind the curtain.

  17. svcfilmguy says: Jan 11, 2012 9:01 AM

    A smart personnel guy is always a good thing to have…as long as the owner isn’t a meddler. If, for whatever reason, Grigson doesn’t like Luck, will Irsay really stand by and let him trade the pick or draft someone else? If Grigson loves Manning and Irsay and Manning decides it is best for them to part ways, what will happen? It seems like 2 major decisions may already have been decided. If you like the guy, shut up and let him go to work. But he seems like a bright guy. Good hire.

  18. troy10 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:06 AM

    Almost every team had a GM in the 80’s. You may not have realized it because they were behind the scenes a lot more… and they usually stayed in the position for years.. that’s when you had 5-7 years to build a franchise instead of the 2-3 years you get now.

    Ernie Accorsi was the GM of a couple teams.. Bobby Beathard was the GM of the Redskins. Tex Schramm was the GM of the Cowbows for decades..

  19. terripet says: Jan 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    now get rid of caldwell and bring in fisher

  20. beej6 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    factory – You mean like Jerry Jones?

  21. tallguyme says: Jan 11, 2012 9:09 AM

    As a Pats fan I am absolutely loving all of this offseason turmoil and turnover with the Colts and Jets.

  22. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 11, 2012 9:10 AM

    So, the Colts are being placed in the hands of a guy who made the Iggles what they are today?

    As a Patriots fan, I’ll sleep better for the next few years.

    Thanks, Irsay!

  23. bleed4philly says: Jan 11, 2012 9:15 AM

    Goodbye Grigson, love all the first round picks you helped bring in to Philly… NOT

  24. waxthat says: Jan 11, 2012 9:16 AM

    how887 says:
    Jan 11, 2012 8:58 AM
    Hey maybe he will draft a play making linebacker.


    Playmaking linebacker… You know this guy is coming from the Eagles, right?

  25. curtispaintersbackup says: Jan 11, 2012 9:18 AM

    Hopefully he is better than Painter, the other Purdue guy on our team.

  26. stanklepoot says: Jan 11, 2012 9:19 AM

    Good news for the Colts in one way at least. The Colts need help getting their roster in line, and one thing the Philly personnel group have done better than most in cap management. Have to figure we’ll see some older players with big contracts go, clearing the way for the Colts to invest in younger, more cap friendly players that will allow the Colts to improve in multiple areas of the roster.

  27. karlton2 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:21 AM


    Irsay’s been a GM. He was awful at it. He’s admitted as much. He’s not going to be the GM again, in name or in action.

    Why do you think otherwise? Because he didn’t hire a big name GM?

  28. popdawg99 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:34 AM

    The success the Eagles had assembling a linebacker core this year must have put this guy over the top. Oh wait.

  29. gacoltfan says: Jan 11, 2012 9:41 AM

    Just a guess here, but I would bet what he would do with Manning and the #1 pick probably came up in the interview. At least on those 2 issues, one would think Irsay and Grigson are on the same page.

  30. gacoltfan says: Jan 11, 2012 9:55 AM

    Wait, I thought the Eagles problems this year were an unqualified DC and they underacheived on the field. I don’t remember anyone saying it was because the Director of Player Personnel didn’t get enough talented players.

    I don’t know if it’s a good hire or not, but you Pats fans that are saying this is a bad hire because of how Philly did this year is a bit ridiculous.

  31. rocketcrab says: Jan 11, 2012 10:28 AM

    A neck injury ended his playing career? Good grief, his neck is huge! Must have been a very nasty hit.

  32. svcfilmguy says: Jan 11, 2012 10:30 AM

    The GM (Roseman) and Reid were responsible for picking the players in the draft. Grigson was responsible for college scouting and provided input into the draft. It wasn’t his decision, though, as to who was selected. You can blame lots of people for the Eagles collapse, but Grigson is low on the list.

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