As reported by Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts have hired Ryan Grigson as their new general manager. Grigson, 39, spent the last two years as the director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was raised in Highland, Indiana and played tight end and on the offensive line at Purdue University, before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1995 NFL draft. Grigson retired from football in 1997 due to injury, and began working in the Canadian Football League as a pro scout in 1998. He was hired as a scout by the Eagles in 2004 and promoted to diector of college scouting in 2006.
After firing hall of fame caliber general manager Bill Polian last week, Colts owner, Jim Irsay, had expressed the interest in hiring a general manager who han never held that position before. Grigson could not have chosen a more promising or unpredictable team to take over for his first GM job. The questions concerning the Colts are abundant and obvious, with one of the biggest draft day choices in NFL history looming over what to do with Peyton Manning and the possible drafting of Andrew Luck with the number one overall pick.
The Colts also have early pics in every round this year, which is very new territory for a team that has not had a pic lower than 20th in the draft for over a decade. The Colts also have several contracts coming to an end, including pro bowler Robert Mathis, and top wideout reggie Wayne.