After spending the past nine seasons with the Eagles organization, Ryan Grigson was named the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. He replaces Bill Polian, who was not retained following the 2011 season. The Eagles have not named a replacement. Louis Riddick, the Eagles' director of pro personnel, is now the highest-ranking member of the personnel staff following Andy Reid and Howie Roseman.
"Although we will miss Ryan personally and professionally we could not be happier for him," Roseman said. "He has been a great advisor to me and somebody I have leaned on to bounce ideas off of many times over my career. He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find good players and we were lucky to have him here in Philadelphia. In addition to his skills as a talent evaluator, we can’t say enough about Ryan as a person. He is one of the best family men I have come across in the NFL and we wish he, Cynthia and his children all the best."
Grigson spent the past two seasons as the director of player personnel for the Eagles working closely with Roseman in the day-to-day college scouting operations and annual draft preparation. In this role, Grigson evaluated the top college players across the country, NFL free agents and also scouted other professional leagues such as the Canadian Football League.
First hired by the Eagles as a regional scout in 2003, Grigson was promoted to the team's director of college scouting and spent four years in that role before his ascension to director of player personnel in 2010.
A native of Highland, Ind., Grigson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995 out of Purdue. Grigson played with the Lions in 1995 and suited up for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1997 before he was forced to retire due to a back injury. Grigson spent two years working as an assistant coach and on the personnel side in the CFL, the Arena Football League and at the college level before joining the St. Louis Rams as a national combine scout in 2000. He worked for three seasons in St. Louis and was promoted to an area scout during his tenure there.
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